Thursday, April 21, 2016

I Think We Know This

I think we all have found that the younger generation is a lot more accepting than older generations.
Exclusive: Women, young more open on transgender issue in U.S. - Reuters/Ipsos poll
Reuters
By Daniel Trotta
April 21, 2016

Transgender Americans may find greater acceptance in the future, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll that shows young adults and women more open to people using public bathrooms matching their gender identity.

The issue is polarizing much of the United States, notably in North Carolina, where big businesses and rock stars are boycotting the state over a new law requiring people to use the public restroom matching their birth certificate.

Americans aged 18 to 29 favor letting transgender people use the restroom of their identity by a 2-to-1 ratio. Among Americans aged 60 or more, the ratio was 2-to-1 in reverse with people saying restroom use should be mandated by the gender on one's birth certificate.

Forty-four percent of women favor letting a man who is in transition from male to female into their public toilets, compared to 39 percent who say they must use the facilities matching their gender assigned at birth.
As a product child of the sixties we were way more liberal as our parents and I think the same is true with generation. However, as we got older we got more conservative. Those Americans who are in their sixties were the hippies of the sixties and now many of them are conservatives.

The article goes on to say,
The results should be encouraging for advocates of transgender rights, who might also take heart from how rapidly public opinion shifted on the issue of same-sex marriage, said Paisley Currah, an author on transgender issues and a political science professor at Brooklyn College.
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The poll found 92 percent of respondents have heard of the term transgender, which refers to a range of people who do not conform to the sex assigned to them at birth, regardless of whether they have undergone any medical procedures toward gender reassignment.

Democrats, by 57 percent to 29 percent, and people in large metropolitan areas are more likely to allow transgender people to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity. Republicans side with the birth certificate criteria by 64 percent to 23 percent.

New England and the Northeast were the regions most accepting of transgender people choosing restrooms by identity while the Southwest, Southeast and South were most inclined to side with the birth certificate standard.

People who frequently attend church are more than twice as likely to agree with the North Carolina law, although Roman Catholics are evenly split.
No surprises here.

When I was in grad school learning about political activism we learned that there are three types of people those who are fixed in their ways against us, those that are the fence sitters, and those who are fixed in their ways for us. You put 10 percent of your effort in those who are against us, you put 10 percent of your effort in thanking those who are with us, and you put 80 percent of your effort in to the movable middle.

There are just some people who you will never change their minds and there are those who with education you can move over to your side of the fence.

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