Not surprisingly, a majority of Americans say birth gender and not “gender identity” – the gender you wish you could be – should dictate eligibility for competitive sports, according to a recent Gallup poll.
It’s not that Americans are closed-minded: Some 61 percent of Americans favor allowing openly transgender men and women to serve in the U.S. military. About 62 percent, however, say trans athletes must play on athletic teams intended for their birth gender.
Not surprisingly, political boundaries play a role. Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs survey, held May 3-18, found 84 percent of Democrats favor openly transgender service members in the military, while only 43 percent of Republicans polled were OK with it, UPI reports.
Political independents are less supportive than they were two years ago – down 12 percentage points since 2019, Gallup reported. As for playing on sports teams, 55 percent of Democrats said they were for transgender athletes’ being able to play on teams matching the gender they wish to be.
Some 3 in 10 Americans report having a friend, relative or colleague who is transgender, Gallup reported, with the rate going down as age increases.
On March 31, the Pentagon restored policies, reversed in the Trump administration, that prohibit the military from discrimination on the basis of gender identity following an executive order from Joe Biden.