Public Opinion of Transgender Rights in South Korea

By Horim Yi, Winston Luhur, and Taylor N.T. Brown

An analysis of data from the 2017 Ipsos Global Attitudes Toward Transgender People survey finds that a majority of South Koreans surveyed (59.1%) agree that transgender people should be allowed to have surgery so their body matches their identity. In addition, a majority of respondents (56.9%) say transgender people should be protected from discrimination.

KEY FINDINGS

  • A majority (80.2%) of participants reported having seen transgender people but not knowing them personally, or rarely or never encountering transgender people.
  • A greater number of participants agreed that transgender people should be allowed to serve in the military (45.2% vs. 36.3%) and to conceive or give birth to children (44.9% vs. 40.7%) than participants who didn’t agree.
  • A similar percentage of participants agreed and disagreed that transgender people should be allowed to adopt children (42.5% vs. 43.6%).
  • Male participants were significantly less likely than female participants to agree that transgender people should be allowed to marry a person of their birth sex, conceive or give birth to children, be protected from discrimination, and serve in the military.
  • The youngest participants, ages 16-34, were more likely to agree that transgender people should be allowed to marry a person of their birth sex compared to those ages 50-64.

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