Support for trans women using same-sex spaces, including toilets and shelters – but most people believe they are NOT transphobic
- A NatCen poll found that 80 percent of Britons believe they are not transphobic
- Around 51 percent feel comfortable with trans women seeking refuge, 10 percent less
- The number of trans women using female bathrooms also fell to 66 percent
The number of British people who are comfortable with transgender women using female bathrooms and shelters has fallen by up to 10 percent, according to new research.
Data released by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found that 80 percent of respondents believe they are not prejudiced against transgender people.
Another 76 percent of Britons said that transphobia was "always or mostly" wrong.
Although the majority of respondents insisted not to be prejudiced, there has been some debate about how a transgender woman uses gender-based facilities.
The study, conducted as part of NatCen's UK Social Attitudes Survey, found that 51 percent of people with trans women who have access to female sanctuary are satisfied.
The number of British people who feel comfortable with transgender women using female bathrooms and shelters has fallen by up to 10 percent, according to new research (archive image)
Of these, 24 percent stated that they felt "very good", with 22 percent neither agreeing nor disagreeing with the statement.
However, the percentage of those who were happy to see transgender women using these rooms is down 10 percent from a previous survey in 2016.
Likewise, the number of women who said they were comfortable with a transgender person using a female bathroom fell from 72 percent to 66 percent.
The Director General of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Rebecca Hilsenrath, said that although "we are on the way to a more inclusive society", research shows that improvements in "understanding" still need to be made.
“Trans people deserve the same dignity and respect as everyone else. They need to be able to fully participate in our communities without fear or prejudice, ”she said.
“While it is clear that we are on the way to a more inclusive and understanding society, these results show that the research found that people are less supportive of trans people in certain situations.
“Strong views and differences of opinion are signs of a healthy democracy. This research suggests that we need to improve our understanding of the key facts of the debate. & # 39;
The number of women who said they were comfortable with a transgender person using a female bathroom fell from 72 percent to 66 percent (archive image)
Ms. Hilsenrath added: “We need clear discussions and an appropriate debate about what the law and politics actually mean in practice and what practical effects changes would have. The dialogue must be constructive, tolerant and factual.
“This includes challenging prejudices, encouraging abusive behavior and being open to the rights and needs of everyone involved. The government should take the lead in building constructive and pragmatic discussions on issues affecting trans people. "
Guy Goodwin, executive director of the National Center for Social Research (NatCen), said: “These results suggest that the majority of Britons have a supportive attitude towards transgender people. However, some of that support becomes more qualified as you examine practical examples.
"While the public tends to approve of transsexuals in roles that are based on public trust, such as police officers or elementary school teachers, views differ on the use of spaces such as toilets that are exclusively used by men or women."
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