Half of Brits think transphobia is an issue, survey says

Over half of Britons think transphobia is an issue in Britain

Women are more likely to think transphobia is an issue

Friday, June 28, 2019

Over half of Britons polled by YouGov think transphobia is a problem in the country.

The study found that 56 per cent of respondents were concerned about prejudice against transgender or transsexual people. 

However, nearly three in 10 (28 per cent) Britons did not think there was an issue. 

Of those polled who thought the country had a transphobia problem, 65 per cent were women.

In comparison, only 47 per cent of men answered the same way. 

This follows after police figures revealed the number of recorded hate crimes against transgender people had risen by 81 per cent. 

The data showed there were 1,944 crimes across 36 police forces in England, Scotland and Wales in 2017 and 2018. 

This was an increase from 1,073 crimes in the previous financial year. 

A 2018 report by LGBT charity Stonewall suggested that one in eight transgender employees had been physically attacked by a colleague or customer. 

It also revealed almost half (48 per cent) of trans people don’t feel comfortable using public toilets through fear of discrimination or harassment.

Stonewall’s director of campaigns Laura Russell said underreporting was a major issue, “with four in five anti-LGBT hate crimes going unreported”. 

“These [police] statistics are the real life consequences of a society where transphobia is everywhere – from the front pages of newspapers, to social media, and on our streets," she told talkRADIO.

“We need people to realise how severe the situation is for trans people, and to be active in standing up as a visible ally to trans people, in whatever way they can.”

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