So the pretty darn surprising news out this week, courtesy of the Public Religion Research Institute, is:
- 89% percent of Americans (including strong majorities of all religious and partisan groups) think transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans.
- 75% of Americans agree that Congress should pass laws to protect transgender people from job discrimination.
- Approximately two-thirds of Americans not only know what the term “transgender “means, they’re well informed about transgender people and issues.
- Three out of four Americans think Congress should pass employment nondiscrimination laws that protect transgender people.
These are Actual Findings from a recent RPPI survey, about which you can read more here.
This past May, via a Gallup Poll, we learned that 53% of Americans think gay marriage should be legal.
So 89% of us think transgender people deserve all legal rights and protections, while 53% of us think gay and lesbian people deserve the same.
Nine out of ten support transgender people; five out of ten support gay people.
What the fork? Why (apparently) so much more love for transgender people than gay people?
Here are the only reasons I could think of for why Americans might prefer transgender people over gay people:
- If you’re straight, at least there’s a chance a transgender person will have sex with you.
- Americans, as per their international reputation, really do like change.
- People who take polls also take drugs.
- Chaz Bono: Paradigm Shifter.
That’s it for me, idea-wise. You guys got anything?