A new poll suggests the attitudes of Albertans are changing when it comes to transgender Albertans.
A leger poll, at the end of May, found 67 per cent of Albertans support initiatives to protect transgender students, with only 13 per cent opposed to the support.
“I think this just really shows school boards are doing the right thing,” explains Dr. Kirstopher Wells, Faculty Director at the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies at the U of A. “By passing these specific policies, by providing direct supports for transgender students just to simply be themselves and be fully accepted at their school and in all aspects of society.”
He says two-thirds of the 67 per cent said they strongly support initiatives to protect transgender students.
Wells says it was a big surprise to see the results but a welcome one.
“This study shows on those hot-button issues we’re talking about all over North America, in terms of support for transgender students, that Albertans are ahead of the curve,” explains Wells. “Perhaps even a lot more progressive than other parts of Canada.”
Wells says the poll also asked if respondents support transgender students using whatever washroom they feel matches their identity.
“50 per cent of respondents supported such use of school washrooms and perhaps most surprisingly, only 29 per cent were opposed,” explains Wells. “A third of Albertans, close to 33 per cent, actually strongly supported the use of whichever washroom.”
The poll surveyed just over 1,000 adult Albertans with a margin of error probability at plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20. (twd)