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Poll: Majority of U.S. adults oppose anti-LGBTQ education, healthcare laws

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A poll from The Trevor Project on Wednesday found that the majority of U.S. adults oppose anti-LGBTQ laws on education, sports and gender-affirming care.

The poll, conducted in February, found that 57% oppose blocking students from accessing LGBTQ resources and educational content on the internet at school, 56% oppose banning books on LGBTQ topics from school libraries, and 52% oppose banning classroom discussions about LGBTQ topics — including sexual orientation and gender identity — in school. A majority also agree that transgender minors should have access to gender-affirming hormone therapy (55%) and puberty blockers (52%) if it’s recommended by their doctor and supported by their parents.

The full polling data can be found here. 

“This poll emphasizes just how out of step recent political attacks aimed at LGBTQ students and their families are with public opinion. A majority of adults reject the government overreach we’re witnessing across the country — whether it’s banning books, censoring school curriculums, or intervening in medical care decisions that are best left to doctors and parents,” said Sam Ames, director of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project. “All LGBTQ young people deserve access to safe, affirming learning environments and the health care they need. We urge lawmakers to look at these data and to listen to their constituents’ concerns before pushing politically unpopular, misguided policies that will cause real harm.”

This polling comes amid intense national debates around banning LGBTQ topics from the classroom and criminalizing the provision of gender-affirming medical care to transgender and nonbinary youth. According to the Project, more than a third of trans youth are estimated to be at risk of losing access to gender-affirming medical care.

Only 1 in 3 adults polled said lawmakers should have the ability to outlaw gender-affirming medical care for minors even if such a ban is against the recommendation of doctors and major medical associations.

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