Nearly half of millennials think misgendering someone should be a criminal offense, new survey finds
A higher proportion of millennials believe that referring to a transgender person using the wrong pronoun should be considered a criminal offense Among 25-34-year-olds, 44 percent support the idea of misgendering being a criminal offense, while only 31 percent disagree with transgender rights. And its issue’s impact on women’s rights has become a controversial political issue across the United States
Nearly half of millennials believe that using the wrong pronoun for a transgender person should be considered a criminal offense.
A survey conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for Newsweek suggested that 44 percent of 25-34 year olds favored the idea while only 31 percent disagreed.
The remaining 25 percent who responded to the survey either did not express a clear opinion or simply said they did not know.
A similar sentiment was found among 35-44 year olds. Among that group, 38 percent were in favor of criminalizing someone of the wrong gender and 35 percent were against.
About a quarter – 26 percent – were either unsure or did not express an opinion.
In a recent survey, among 25-34 year olds, 44 percent of millennials support the idea of misgendering being a criminal offense, while only 31 percent disagree.
Nearly half of millennials believe that using the wrong pronoun for a transgender person should be considered a criminal offense. Photo of a gay pride march in New York this year
The issue has also come to the fore through the likes of Dylan Mulvaney, a 26-year-old trans influencer who was at the center of a scandal this year.
Millennials are defined as those born between 1981 and 1996, making them between 27 and 42 years old today.
Generation Z includes those born between 1997 and 2012, who will now be between the ages of 11 and 26.
The idea of criminalizing misgendering pronouns comes after several Republican-controlled states have passed laws banning certain medical procedures and treatments for minors.
Kentucky and Tennessee are among 20 states, all with Republican-controlled legislatures, that have passed laws banning the use of puberty blockers and hormones as part of gender reassignment for patients under 18.
This type of treatment, known as gender-affirming care, is supported by major US medical associations. Proponents of the ban say they are experimental and endanger children.
The families say the laws discriminate against transgender people and take away parents’ rights to make medical decisions for their children.
Federal courts in Arkansas, Alabama, Florida and Indiana have blocked similar bans on transgender health care for minors.
The issue has also been brought to the fore by the likes of Dylan Mulvaney, a 26-year-old trans influencer who has been at the center of a scandal this year – sparking outrage in April after partnering with Bud Light, which later hit millions in the beer company’s price cut.
Millennials have a different perspective compared to Americans as a whole.
A giant trans flag was seen at the Reclaim Pride Coalition’s Queer Liberation March in New York
The idea to criminalize misgendering pronouns comes after several Republican-controlled states have passed laws banning certain medical procedures and treatments for minors.
Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets of Manhattan in June to participate in the Reclaim Pride Coalition’s (RPC) fifth annual Queer Liberation March, in which no police, politicians or corporations were allowed to participate.
Among the general population, the survey was conducted on 1,500 people, only 19 percent support criminalizing misgendering and 65 percent are against making such a law.
The remaining 12 percent have no opinion, while 4 percent don’t know.
Among Generation Z Americans, ages 18-24, there appears to be less enthusiasm for turning misgendering into a criminal charge.
Of that group, 33 percent believe calling someone by the wrong pronoun should be a criminal offense, while 48 percent disagree.
In terms of human behavior, 37 percent said they would respect a transgender person’s wishes and use pronouns as requested to do so. 17 percent said they would ignore such requests.
Another 28 percent said their response would depend on the person involved while another 17 percent were unsure.