Now Reading
Majority of US citizens oppose transgender bathroom bills

Majority of US citizens oppose transgender bathroom bills

Canadian transgender activist Brae Carnes took photos of herself in men’s bathrooms last year to highlight the ‘ridiculous’ reality of of bathroom bans

A new poll conducted by CNN has found that around 6 in 10 Americans oppose bills like HB 2 in North Carolina – the legislation that demands transgender people use restrooms in fitting with their gender at birth, among other restrictions on LGBTI protections.

The bill has been widely criticized by corporate America, including most of the top businesses in North Carolina itself.

The CNN/ORC Poll questioned 1,000 people between 28 April and 1 May. Its key findings where as follows:

  • 57% say they oppose laws requiring transgender individuals to use facilities that do not match their gender identity (against 38% who support such laws)
  • Democrats tended to oppose such laws, but Republicans were pretty evenly split – with 48% in favor and 48% opposed.
  • 75% said they support transgender people being afforded protections with regards to employment, housing and public accommodation(compared with 80% who support such protections for gay people)
  • 14% of respondents said that didn’t have a family member or close friend who was transgender, but this rose to 25% for people under 35.
  • 58% said that they had a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian

‘Anti-transgender lawmakers [are] acting against the people they were elected to serve’

Last week, the US Justice Department said that it considered HB 2 to be a violation of civil rights and gave North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory, until today to respond.

This morning, McCrory issued his response: North Carolina filed a lawsuit against the federal government which is likely to lead to a protracted legal battle over the legislation.

In a statement, McCrory said, ‘The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina. This is now a national issue that applies to every state and it needs to be resolved at the federal level.’

Commenting on the poll, HRC Communications Director Jay Brown said: ‘Despite the majority of Americans being opposed to anti-transgender bills, Governor McCrory and other lawmakers continue to push vile bills like HB2.

‘What’s more, the overwhelming majority of Americans support non-discrimination protections like the one passed in Charlotte – and in 18 states and most of America’s major cities. Anti-transgender lawmakers aren’t only wasting taxpayer money and time, they’re acting against the people they were elected to serve.’