Media representation and transphobia
Earlier studies have suggested that increasing exposure of people to members of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community actually improves their stance in supporting for gay rights. However, there has been little research conducted exploring the same effect for transgender people.
According to the study, letting people be exposed to transgender individuals actually influences positive behavior and even increases support for their rights.
Andrew Flores, a Williams Institute scholar, said, “These studies may suggest that that exposure may help alleviate people’s own level of anti-transgender bias.”
Involving 1,100 people, the research investigated the impact of showing images of transgender and non-confirming people on transphobia. Researchers noted a decrease in transphobia, which translated to an increase in support for transgender rights.