A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that a sweeping majority of Americans believe that people who are transgender deserve full equality:
- 89 percent agree that transgender people deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans.
- 75 percent believe Congress should protect transgender people from employment discrimination.
- 74 percent support Congress’ expansion of hate crimes protections to the LGBT community.
- 69 percent of Americans understand what “transgender” means without any assistance.
These results confirm a study conducted by the Center for American Progress earlier this year, which found that nine out of 10 Americans believe transgender people already have employment non-discrimination protections, with similar majorities supporting the protections. Unfortunately, such protections do not exist in most states nor at the national level. As long as Republicans control the House of Representatives, they will likely continue to prevent the Employment Non-Discrimination Act from advancing.
Still, with a majority of the public supporting the protections and the endorsement of businesses of all sizes, it’s only a matter of time until transgender people are afforded the protections they deserve to participate fairly in society. Given the harsh consequences the trans community faces because of discrimination, that change can’t come soon enough.