A new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that an overwhelming majority of folks would not date a transgender person, but wish to date a person of the sex and corresponding gender they are attracted to. When the study is broken down further, a near majority of those who claimed they would date a trans person did so in relation to their biological sexual orientation, not in line with the gender the trans person believes themselves to be.
In other words, people generally only wish to date people who belong to the sex they want to date. This was not only shocking to Them.us, a pro-LGBTQ blog, but was chalked up as “discrimination” driven from “transphobia.”
For those who identified as straight, only 1.8% of the females and 3.3% of the males said they’d date a trans person.
Them.us claims the survey findings “are undoubtedly due in part to cisnormativity, cissexism, and transphobia — all of which lead to lack of knowledge about transgender people and their bodies, discomfort with these unknowns, and fear of being discriminated against by proxy of one’s romantic partner.” The site also noted “an interesting pattern of discrimination against trans women in particular.”
This is, in short, crazy talk.
It makes perfect sense that folks would overwhelmingly wish to date people belonging to the sex they wish to date. Further, the general aversion to dating trans folks doesn’t necessarily reveal “transphobia,” but affirms the reality that sex and gender cannot be totally separated. It’s natural for a person attracted to men, for example, to wish to date a biological male who also identifies as a male. Again, this should not be chalked up to a fear of trans people.