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Bucks home to 'least trans-friendly place in the UK'

A new survey shows a lack of support of gender freedom for children.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:44am 17th December 2019. 3-minute read.

Bucks home to 'least trans-friendly place in the UK'

Aylesbury Vale contains the least trans-friendly areas in Britain, according to new research.

That’s according to a nationwide poll of 21,000 people carried out by the publisher UnHerd in association with pollster FocalData, which found that more than a third of the British public support the rights of transgender children.

But Unherd said the results show the debate about gender is far from resolved.

Participants were asked how much they agreed with the statement "it is acceptable for adolescent children to make their own decisions about their gender identity".

The responses were then analysed to create a model for each constituency, based on the characteristics of people living there, including age, voting record and employment status.

Of the two constituencies that are in or cross over into Aylesbury Vale, the one considered to be the least trans-friendly was Buckingham –40% disagreed with gender freedom for children, compared to 31% who were supportive, with the rest undecided.

Of these, 15% strongly disagree with the statement, while 25% said they simply disagree.

The constituencies were ranked based on how many agree versus disagree, with the top ranking being considered the most supportive of gender freedom.

Buckingham placed 632nd out of 632 constituencies – not including the 18 constituencies in Northern Ireland.

But transgender campaigner, Marteene Pringle, disagreed with the findings:

"I find it completely shocking.

"You know, you have Pink Punters in Milton Keynes where, every month, we have a get together and there are two or three hundred trans people there.

"Trans-friendly, right?

"Everywhere I go in Buckinghamshire, it is accepted, everybody I speak to there are no issues whatsoever with trans people.

"People are starting to come to terms with us and loving us."

In the constituency of Aylesbury, meanwhile, 38% of people were pro-trans rights, compared to 36% who were not – placing it at 472nd nationwide.

Across Britain as a whole, 37% of people think children should be able to make decisions about their gender, 30% do not, and 33% do not have an opinion either way.

Bethnal Green and Bow, in London, was the most supportive, with 52% agreeing and 15% disagreeing.

Only seven constituencies had more than half of people in agreement.

James Kirkup, from Unherd, said the poll showed public opinion on the issue did not follow conventional party lines, with traditional Labour and Conservative areas both split.

He said:

"The politics of transgenderism are under-explored for several reasons. Politicians’ timidity in the face of activists’ ferocity is one big factor.

"But there’s another – that it’s a fiendishly complex issue that doesn’t fit easily into the narratives and categories that structure so much of British political debate.

"This poll shows that the debate about gender in 21st-century Britain is not just unresolved. It has yet to even begin in earnest."

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