Study claims transgender people have MORE politically conservative views than straight men
- Study was published last month by U of Oklahoma professor Meredith Worthen
- Finds transgender individuals are ‘significantly less liberal’ than straight men
- Worthen speculates trans people may not feel represented by liberal policies
- Study contradicts findings from earlier surveys and transgender voting habits
OU Professor Meredith Worthen authored the recent study on LGBTQ political views
A study has claimed that transgender people are more conservative in their political sentiments than straight men.
The survey of 3,104 adults in the U.S. was published last month by Meredith Worthen, a sociology professor in the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Worthen compared attitudes on liberal perspectives across different genders and orientations, defining liberalism as ‘liberal ideology; law/policy support of those in poverty, racial/ethnic minorities, immigrants, and women; feminist identity.’
‘Thus, in comparison to all cis men [straight men] as well as all cis LGBTQ non-heterosexual men, trans men and women were significantly less liberal,’ the study states.
‘Overall, these patterns demonstrate that trans men and women have a different relationship with liberalism than cis men and women do,’ the study reveals.
Cisgender is the academic term for people who identify as the same biological sex they were born as.
People take a picture outside the Stonewall Inn during a Pride celebration in Manhattan last month. A new study claims transgender people are more conservative than straight males
The study also found that women tend to be more liberal than men, and bisexual people tended to be less liberal than lesbian and gays.
Speculating about her findings, Worthen wrote: ‘trans men and women may feel that their interests are not well represented by liberal perspectives and policies and as a result, they may not identify with liberal politics.’
Worthen noted in the study that the results were ‘surprising’ because previous national studies have found that 82% of transgender people identify with liberalism, and that the majority voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
However, support was not monolithic. Caitlyn Jenner, a prominent transgender woman, famously voted for Donald Trump. Jenner later revoked support for Trump in a fiery op-ed.
Worthen told The College Fix that she decided to conduct her study following Trump’s election, to better understand the views of LGBTQ people.
‘The Trump presidency created a very real need to understand voices of oppressed and marginalized groups, including LGBTQ people,’ Worthen said.
‘Alongside this, because media terms like ‘Rainbow Wave’ were so rampant during the last election, I felt it was important to investigate the accuracy of this term.’
“Gender impacts our political perspectives because gender is a powerful set of experiences that shapes our everyday lives and attitudes,” she said.
Worthen said that further study was needed in order to better understand trans men and women’s political perspectives and motivations