A growing majority now says changing gender is immoral
The number of Americans who believe it is “morally wrong” for a person to decide their own gender has increased over the past two years, according to a new survey.
A Gallup poll asked Americans about their views on transgenderism. It found that more than half (55%) said they do not think it is right to change’s one gender, up from 51% from May 2021. In addition, the poll found that there has been a decrease in the percentage of people who believe that it is “morally acceptable” for someone to change their gender, from 46% in 2021 to 43% this year.
Among people who know a transgender person and believe it is morally acceptable to change one’s gender, the percentage also fell between 2021 and 2023, from 40% to 33%.
The results of the survey arrive at a time when the transgender rights issue continues to dominate in the US. A number of bills pushing back on LGBT rights have been approved in states across the country, with Iowa, Mississippi, Kentucky and Oklahoma and Texas among those banning “gender-affirming care” for minors.
Despite an overwhelming majority of Republicans believing that it is morally wrong to change one’s gender (84%), there has been a shift in the opposite direction among Democrats. Unlike independents, 50% of whom now believe that it is morally wrong to change gender (up 2% from 2021), only 29% of Democrats agree with this statement (down 2% from two years ago).
As the GOP primary season heats up, the issue has become a major talking point for Republican candidates. During his 10th June campaign speech in North Carolina, Donald Trump even noted his surprise that “everyone goes crazy” when he mentions restricting transgender rights during his latest run for the White House. “Who would have thought? Five years ago, you didn’t know what the hell it was,” the former president added. During the same speech, Trump received a standing ovation from the crowd after vowing to cut federal funding from schools that taught critical race theory and “transgender insanity” to children.
Florida Governor and Republican rival Ron DeSantis has signed numerous LGBT-focused bills, such as HB 117, the legislation critics dubbed the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in certain grades at Florida schools, as part of his plan to make the Sunshine State “where woke goes to die”.
In comparison, President Joe Biden has attempted to fight off such LGBT restrictions, including reversing the transgender military ban brought in under the Trump administration and Respect for Marriage Act, enshrining the recognition of same-sex marriages into federal law for the first time.
At a recent Pride event at the White House, Biden also hit out at the “hundreds of callous and cynical bills and laws” which have been introduced in states across the country. “Too many people in the LGBT community are worried and afraid about their future and their safety,” Biden said. “So today, I want to send a message to the entire community, especially to transgender children: You are loved.”