Over on Pink News, there’s a report about ‘red wall voters’ and there view on trans people using changing rooms. For overseas readers, the North of England (hint: Scotland is another country in the Union – at least currently in the Union 🙂) is generally chattier and has a different sense of humour to the South. Not better or worse, just different. Plus, the working class and labour/union movement roots of the North tended to make folk lean more left than right in politics. Hence, the Red Wall. But, and like much in life, things are really A or B. There’s a not of complexity and nuance.
Background aside, the article states that the assumption that northern folk are socially conservative doesn’t line up with the evidence in a recent poll by YouGov. Plus, in terms of views around trans acceptance, they’re sightly higher.
On transgender rights, 35% of the Red Wall agree that transgender women should be allowed to use female changing rooms, versus 28% who disagreed with this position (36% did not know or did not support either suggestion). Among the British public, these figures stand at 35% and 27% respectively (37% did not know or did not support either suggestion).YouGov 2021 survey
The negative in that report are that acceptance of trans people by women has slipped, and given the –ahem– information (add your own air quotes or the prefix ‘dis’ 😉) that’s pumped out via certain outlets. A cruel person might say excreted, but that would be mean. 🙂
But… COVID19 aside, many folk on the transgender spectrum are quietly getting on with their lives. Even for part timers line myself, there are occasional trips out and the only issue I’ve had about changing rooms was an assistant trying to get me to use a booth for disabled people. Uh, no. I don’t have any special needs, so I feel it would be wrong to deny someone who does.
What, if anything, can we draw from the above survey? Well, I’d say, keep on being you. Keep on getting out when you can, be polite, and challenge transphobia whenever you can.