More Than Two-Thirds of Residents in Every State Support Transgender-Inclusive Employment Protections


More Than Two-Thirds of Residents in Every State Support Transgender-Inclusive Employment Protections

Thirteen states are at or near the level of support needed to adopt such laws, but don’t have them yet.

More than two-thirds of residents in every state support protecting transgender people from employment discrimination even though not every state has such laws, according to a new study by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law published in Research & Politics.

Using public opinion data, the study predicts that before transgender-inclusive employment non-discrimination laws are likely to be passed, on average, 81% of residents need to support them. Today, 13 states are at, above, or within 5 percentage points of that level of support and have yet to pass transgender-inclusive employment non-discrimination laws.

The study, titled “Transgender Inclusion in State Non-Discrimination Policies: The Democratic Deficit and Political Powerlessness,” examines whether state laws reflect public support for laws that protect transgender people from employment discrimination.

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Housework Falls Along Lines of Gender Expression, Not Income, for Same-Sex Couples

People in same-sex couples use housework as a way to enact gender that is not stereotypical for one’s sex, according to a new study by Nicole Civettini, a professor of sociology at Winona State University.

This may be due to an increased awareness of gender stereotypes regarding housework among lesbians and gay men.

Earning a higher income did not affect how much housework a person in a same-sex couple did compared to their spouse or partner. In contrast, studies have shown that earning a higher income translates to a smaller share of housework among different-sex couples.

The study, titled “Housework as Non-Normative Gender Display Among Lesbians and Gay Men,” was authored by Nicole Civettini. The data were collected as part of a larger projected funded in part by a grant from the Williams Institute’s Small Grants Program.

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New Study on
Lebanese Attitudes Towards Sexualities and Gender Identities

Key findings include: 
– Nearly two-thirds of respondents (64.6%) felt that homosexuals should not be accepted into society.

– More than half of respondents (55.5%) disagreed that homosexuality was a Western intrusion.

– Sunnis and Shi’ites perceived homosexuality as significantly more immoral than Christians and Druze.

– Respondents who were younger, more educated or lived in urban areas were more open and accepting of LGBT people than respondents who were older, less educated or lived in rural regions.The study, “As Long As They Stay Away: Exploring Lebanese Attitudes Towards Sexualities and Gender Identities,” was authored by Nour Nasr and Tarek Zeidan. Williams Institute scholars helped review the study’s survey.

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