25% Of Americans Wouldn't Want To Be Friends With A Transgender Person

Americans still have a long way to go on transgender education and acceptance, as evidenced by a recent study on people's feelings about trans individuals. A shocking number of people aren't open to having trans people in their lives, in relationships or even as friends.
A survey by YouGov of more than 2,000 participants found that 27% of respondents were not open to being friends with anyone who identifies as transgender , even though around 40% said they personally know someone who is trans.
The good news, of course, is that 73% of the respondents must have answered that question with an either positive or neutral reaction. But the results get even more troublesome when it comes to relationships.
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Only an average of 17% of respondents said they would consider being in a relationship with someone who is trans or non-binary. The stats drop even lower when asked about sex. Respondents were asked if they would be open to the idea of engaging in a sexual act of any kind with someone who is transgender or non-binary, and only 15% answered yes to the idea of sex with a trans man or non-binary person. Only 13% said they'd be open to sex with a transgender woman.
While it's important to note that everyone has sexual preferences and we shouldn't shame them for that, it's not hard to imagine that statistics like this stem from a place of fear or ignorance. The greater public still doesn't understand what it's like to be or to love a transgender person, and that could be coloring their views here.
In fact, the study suggests that a good portion of Americans are also misinformed about transgender people. A staggering 39% of respondents think being transgender is a choice, and more than 20% still believe it's a mental illness. Hopefully those respondents will soon catch on to the fact that being transgender is neither a lifestyle choice nor a disorder — so-called "gender identity disorder" was removed from the DSM in 2013.
While we've made some strides in transgender rights and representation, this study suggests that a good portion of America still has a lot to learn.
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