Half of Americans Don't Think Transgender People Should Be Able to Pick Their Bathroom - The Atlantic

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Americans are still divided on transgender rights and identity. In a new studyfrom Pew Research Center, 46 percent of respondents said transgender people should be required, presumably by law, to “use the public restrooms of the gender they were born into.” Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said the opposite—that transgender people should be allowed to use the restroom of their choice.

These poll results underscore just how unsettled issues of gender identity are in American culture. This spring, North Carolina passed a law that, in effect, requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the biological sex stated on their birth certificate. As a result, the state has faced protests and boycotts from citizens, businesses, and sports teams.

While these voices of opposition have been loud, it’s not clear that they’re representative of how people in the state think about this issue, and they certainly don’t fully capture opinions nationwide. For many Americans, fluid gender identity might be a relatively new concept—the North Carolina controversy might have been their first introduction to the issue. In the Pew survey, less than a third of respondents said they personally know someone who is transgender. That’s compared to 87 percent who know a gay or lesbian person.

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