Thanks for publishing my photograph, German publication @queer_de.
The piece alerted me to a very useful piece of research completed by Ipsos (@_Ipsos) in collaboration with UCLA’s Williams Institute:
Global Attitudes Toward Transgender People. It’s a survey of almost 20,000 people in 27 countries and it shows that the world is learning to â¤ï¸ better.
The United States ranks in the middle of the pack of countries to my eyes. Overall though, the global trend is in support of protections for people who are transgender.
Of significance, the survey researchers did not use the term “transgender” in asking respondents about this group of human beings. Instead the offered a clinical definition:
Some people dress and live as one sex even though they were born another. For instance, someone who was considered male at birth may feel they are actually female and so dresses and lives as a woman, and someone female at birth may feel they are actually male and dresses and lives as a man.
I’m not as excited by Ipsos use of “gender reassignment surgery” which is scientifically inaccurate and contributes to bias. – Correction: I contacted Ipsos about this issue and they immediately responded and will fix the terminology – that’s a world learning to â¤ï¸ better.
The data overall, though, are consistent with the future, the one where the human species was able to survive, because it is diverse :).
They corroborate this piece of research I did in support of our proposal to @Unicode to include transgender and intersex symbols in the emoji character set:
Good news as we in Washington, DC, head into Capital TransPride (@TransPrideDC), in the most inclusive city in the world.