Survey Reveals That Three in Five People Intentionally Misgender a Trans Person

A recent survey conducted internationally found that more people are likely to intentionally misgender the trans community.

The survey, which was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, included 27 countries and focused on the topic of transgender people. Although many people in the survey want their countries to do more to protect transgender people, the survey also revealed that people in several countries, including the U.S., would knowingly use a person’s incorrect pronouns.

According to the report, “three in five people internationally report that they would intentionally misgender a transgender person. In these countries, approximately two in five report referring to transgender men as ‘he’ and transgender women as ‘she’, rather than using the pronoun used at their birth.”

Ipsos additionally found that Americans were the most likely to say they would misgender someone.

Despite the majority being likely to intentionally misgender someone, the survey revealed concern with protections for transgender people. The report stated that “60 percent of the survey’s international participants said they would like to see their country do more to protect and support trans people and 70 percent said they wanted to see their country protect trans people from discrimination.”

Due to the nature and findings of this study, transgender individuals considering self-harm or suicide should contact Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860. LGBTQ youth (ages 24 and younger) can reach the Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386, or text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200.

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