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ADDED ON: 05/27/2021

Americans Strongly Support Trans Rights — In Some Cases

05/26/2021 | NPR

Americans strongly support trans service members being in the military — even as they say trans athletes should compete in sports according to the sex listed on their birth certificates, according to a new Gallup survey. In the survey, 66% of respondents said they’re in favor of openly transgender men and women serving in the U.S. military. But only 34% said trans athletes should be allowed to compete in sporting events that match their gender identity. The survey, which was performed earlier this month, reflects Americans’ “mixed views” on trans issues, Gallup says. The numbers didn’t surprise Imara Jones, a journalist who is the creator of TransLash Media. “Americans are deferential to the armed forces and have faith that if the armed forces set a standard and if people have met that standard, that people should be allowed to serve,” she says. Sports bans on trans athletes, on the other hand, are “a solution in search of a problem,” Jones says, noting the small minority of transgender people in the United States.

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