A new study revealed that the majority of Britons are supportive of trans equality.
According to a report by More in Common, over 5,000 people surveyed said that trans rights were not a divisive topic in the country.
The report also revealed that 46% of people accept that trans women are women and trans men are men – with 32% disagreeing and 22% undecided.
“Most people’s instinct is ‘live and let live’ – they believe trans people should be respected, supported and given the space to make their own choices,” the report said.
“They want respect, compromise and a give and take approach to underpin how we navigate gender identity issues.”
Regarding education, the study found that 30% of people think that trans topics should be discussed in primary schools, and 33% said they should be talked about in secondary schools.
A majority of the Britons surveyed also believe that schools should implement policies that fight against bullying as a whole.
However, only 41% of people said schools should not have specific policies tackling transphobia.
“From conversations with parents, this is not because they don’t think transphobia should be tackled in schools – but rather that their belief that all forms of bullying should be tackled,” the report said.
‘Britons and Gender Identity: Navigating Common Ground and Division”. New report out today – as part of our work to help societies better navigate cultural change. Key insights from our fantastic UK Director @LukeTryl below. Read report here: https://t.co/jLk1l6FK6C https://t.co/aBKH7Q5wFY
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The survey also touched on the ongoing debate regarding trans women participating in sports.
The results revealed that 19% of the individuals surveyed think that “trans women should be able to participate in women-only sports.” However, 57% of those surveyed disagreed with the aforementioned statement.
“While most Britons hold the view that trans women should not compete in elite women-only sports, they do not approach the issue from a position of malice,” the report said.
UK Director of More in Common Luke Tryl opened up about the eye-opening results in a statement.
“From the toxic debate playing out across social media, you’d assume the country is split into trans activists and transphobes, those who want to protect women’s rights and those working to undermine them,” he said.
“But when you actually speak to ordinary people in communities across the country, you realise that nothing could be further from the truth.
“Instead, most Britons take a nuanced, compassionate approach, that is rooted in society doing what it can to make trans people feel accepted and comfortable.
“Those involved in the debate about trans equality, both activists and commentators, would do well to take the time to listen to the views of ordinary Britons.”