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UIS Survey: Attitudes Improving On Transgendered People

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A national survey conducted by the University of Illinois-Springfield shows growing positive attitudes toward the rights of transgendered people…but maybe not when it comes to their medical care.

The online survey shows 81 percent support those who are transgendered having the same rights as the rest of us. But only about half are for using public funds to help provide medical treatment for transgender people.

UIS political science professor Jason Pierceson says there is a lack of information about needs of the transgendered community in terms of politics, policy, and law. He says the more education there is, the more hearts and minds will be changed.

Pierceson says views can be swayed if a person knows someone who is transgendered.

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