Do Americans prefer transgender people to gay people?

Do Americans prefer transgender people to gay people?

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?

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