Ugh. Nearly Half Of Americans Don't Support Transgender Bathroom Rights

And almost half of Americans think wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse service to gays.

By Eric Shorey

Well, this is dissappointing. While LGBTQ issues have gained mainstream media coverage and acceptance of sexual minorities is certainly on the rise, a new poll shows that half of Americans don't want transgender people in their bathrooms.

The new study comes by way of the Pew Research Center. They asked 4,500 people "whether transgender people should be allowed the use the bathroom matching their gender identity."

The results were disturbing: 51% of respondents said they were cool with trans people using whatever bathrooms they wanted, 46% said they should only be allowed to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest factor in respondent choice was whether or not they actually knew a trans person in real life: “Knowing someone who is transgender is closely linked with views on the use of public restrooms,” according to a statement from Pew.

The poll also showed that despite media prominence, gay people are also not so beloved either. When asked if wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse service to gay people, 49% of respondants said they should.

There is some good news, though: "One-in-five U.S. adults say their views on homosexuality have changed over the past few years, and most say they have become more accepting." Cool! What took ya so long?

You can read the whole study over here.

h/t: Out

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