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80% of women think trans women should have equal rights

In a survey involving 1,000 women, 798 answered that they should have equal rights, and only 37 said that they shouldn’t. The rest of the women declined to answer.

Most women for trans rights?

A survey conducted across five continents found that 80% of women think trans women should have equal rights.

In this survey, Thomas Reuters Foundation asked 1,000 women in Cairo, London, Mexico City, New York and Tokyo this question: “Should transgender women have the same rights as other women?”. The questioning for the survey was conducted on the streets of these cities between August 13-24.

Out of 1,000 women, 798 answered that they should have equal rights, and only 37 said that they shouldn’t. The rest of the women declined to answer.

The women in Mexico City showed the highest levels of support for trans women, with 89% answering ‘yes’ to the survey’s question.

London and New York follow, with 87% saying trans women should have equal rights in both cities. 75% of women answered affirmatively in Tokyo, while in Cairo, the figure is 62%.

Even if the global survey shows a somewhat rosy picture for the trans community, trans people still face continued hardships.

In July, for instance, a study found that only 30% of people (24% of the women and 38% of the men) felt that transgender people should be required to use the restroom that matches their assigned birth gender.

24% of women, 38% of men feel trans people should use restroom matching assigned sex at birth

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In August, a report found that trans people tend to be viewed as less attractive; and this is regardless of their actual appearance, according to “How Gender Identity and Transgender Status Affect Perceptions of Attractiveness” by Jessica M. Mao, M. L. Haupert and Eliot R. Smith and published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Another study released in August found that only 25% of transgender youth feel that their primary care providers (PCPs) are helpful about the sexual health issues of gender and sexual minorities (GSMs).

Still in August, a study found that 43% of people still believe that sex organs determine gender, compared to only 35% who believe they do not.

And in a study released in September, almost 14% of adolescents reported a previous suicide attempt, with disparities by gender identity in suicide attempts. Female to male adolescents reported the highest rate of attempted suicide (50.8%), followed by adolescents who identified as not exclusively male or female (41.8%).


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