Rights or wrong? Perceptions of trans people among undergraduate students
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Transgender people are still facing discrimination and misconceptions regarding their lives and lived experience (Abraham, 2016; Clements-Nolle, Katz & Marx, 2006; Finkenauer et. al, 2012; Maclean, 2016; Pyne, 2011; Roussy, 2016). Few studies have examined public perceptions of transgender people. By surveying undergraduate students, this thesis hopes to examine perceptions of transgender people and trans rights. This thesis examines the discrimination and marginalization of trans people. Education about trans identities, rights and issues is crucial, and a study evaluating perceptions of university students at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is an important step towards research, as opposed to evidence-based policy development, that addresses gaps and deficiencies in education. Results of this survey reveal that the majority of respondents show understanding and support for trans people and trans rights. A notable number of respondents, however, show potential misunderstandings of trans people and trans rights, or hesitate to share a socially undesirable answer. This study can provide direction on future research that addresses gaps in education to foster better transgender awareness and understanding.