27% of Americans don’t want to have transgender friends

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Transgender student Sorrel Rosin (R) poses with a friend February 25 2017 in Chicago as hundreds of transgender supporters protest against the Trump administration's reversal of federal protections of bathroom rights, warning it risked exposing young people to hate-fueled violence. Rosin, a high school student in Illinois, said Ive felt a spike in homophobia, transphobia, bigotry, misogyny in and out of school." / AFP / Derek R. HENKLE (Photo credit should read DEREK R. HENKLE/AFP/Getty Images)

A YouGov poll found that while 40 percent of those surveyed said they knew a trans person, 27 percent don’t want to contact with such people ever in their lives, for 21% being trans is a mental illness, 39% believe it to be a personal choice. Mental health professionals have stressed in recent years that being transgender is not a disorder and people are simply unaware of who trans people actually are. It turns out that it is really hard for trans people to find friends, however the researchers note that it is even harder for them to find someone to love. Only 17% would go out with trans people (4% experienced it) and 15% would agree to have sex with them. YouGov notes that twice as many millennials report feeling their gender identity differs from what they were assigned at birth compared with those aged 35-54, at 14 and 7 percent respectively.

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