Gay and bisexual people are more likely to date transgender people than straight people, according to new research. The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships published a study on transgender dating, which asked about 1,000 cis people of different ages what kind of people they would like to date, cis men, cis women, trans women, and non-binary people.
The bottom line is that only 12 percent of the cis population said they would like to date a trans people. And those who would like to date a transgender person are likely to be older, more education and less religious.
Straight people are less likely to date transgender people, with only 1.8 percent of straight women and 3.3 percent of straight men saying they would consider dating a transgender person.
Among those who say they want to date a trans people, the gender they choose is likely to be inconsistent with the sexual orientation they describe. Half of the straight women who said they would date a transgender person preferred a transgender woman, while half of the straight men who said they would date a transgendered person preferred a transgender man.
It is not clear whether straight people, who claim to date transgender people of the same sex, misunderstand the difference between transgender men and transgender women, or because they are more interested in the genitals than the genders.
In the study, non-straight people were more likely to say they were dating a transgender person, with 11.5 percent of gay men and 29 percent of lesbians saying they preferred a transgender date.
38 percent of lesbians who said they would date a transgender person said they would rather date a transgender man than a transgender woman, similar to the seemingly contradictory results of many straight people. Of the gay men who said they would date a trans people, no one rejected transgender people, including trans men.
So far, bisexual and queer participants were the most likely to date transgender people, with 52 percent saying they would consider it.
The authors of the study believe that at least half of the results are due to civil sexism and transgender discrimination, which they see as a pattern of male privilege and trans female exclusion.
Transgender people face unique challenges in dating, including discrimination and potential cis mates misunderstanding their gender, and many are not interested in their transgender identity.
The research is significant because it is the first to attempt to quantify the views of people in the commonwealth of independent states with different preferences on trans dating. The study is also helpful for transgender people, who can learn about their views on the cis population. This can help them find dates and relationships.