Attitudes Toward Transgender Rights

Perceived knowledge and secondary interpersonal contact
September 2015

The development of policies that include gender identity often involves public opinion. This study examines public attitudes toward transgender rights in the U.S. and addresses a significant gap in existing research. It was published in Politics, Groups, and Identities in June 2015.

People who are more informed about transgender people or know someone who is gay or lesbian tend to be more supportive of transgender rights.
Knowing someone who is transgender does not necessarily affect attitudes on transgender rights, but the research is limited.
People who have higher levels of educational attainment are more supportive of transgender rights.

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Attitudes Toward Transgender Rights