People of Faith Support Transgender Rights

Despite attempts by conservative lawmakers to use religious and values language to support anti-transgender legislation, communities of faith show majority and increasing support for transgender people and LGBT rights, equality, and inclusion.

See also: People of Faith Are Increasingly Vocal Supporters of Transgender Justice by Claire Markham and Tracy Wolf

Even amid the swell of anti-LGBT legislation being introduced by conservative lawmakers, it would be wrong to make assumptions and generalize about religious people and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, rights. Communities of faith are broadly supportive of the LGBT community, including transgender people. People of faith are especially concerned about bullying and protecting transgender people through comprehensive nondiscrimination policies, and many have expressed their support for the transgender community through the passage and implementation of denominationwide policies. In fact, apart from a small vocal minority, many diverse faith traditions show majority support for transgender rights and inclusionary policies both in and outside houses of worship.

Claire Markham is the Associate Director for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center for American Progress. Tracy Wolf is the Research Assistant for the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at the Center.  

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 (Claire Markham)

Claire Markham

Associate Director, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative

Tracy Wolf

Research Assistant