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A ‘life-and-let-live’ attitude prevails in the UK – report

The divisive debate playing out in Westminster and online around gender identity is out of sync with the public’s approach to the issue. 

That’s according to a report by the More in Common thinktank. It surveyed 5,000 adults and found that a ‘live and let live’ attitude prevailed.

According to the research, just two per cent of people believe the trans debate – a subject amplified by the culture wars – is one of the most important issues facing the UK. One quarter of respondents had known someone who was transgender. A quarter of those surveyed agreed (46%), while 32% disagreed (32%). Transgender people are defined as men and women.

57% of participants agreed that trans women should not compete in women-only sports events, despite the appearance of tolerance. Focus groups revealed that trans women should not be allowed to compete in women-only sporting events. 

“From the toxic debate playing out across social media you’d assume the country is split into trans activists and transphobes,” said More in Common director Luke Tryl. “Instead, most Britons take a nuanced, compassionate approach, that is rooted in society doing what it can to make trans people feel accepted and comfortable, but which also balances inclusion with fairness.”

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