The Public Overwhelmingly Oppose The “Gender Critical” View On Conversion Therapy

Data from YouGov 7th April 2022 poll [pdf]
The first column represents the “TRA” position, the third column represents the “political GC position”

The desperate trans the gay away myth

This data, showing that people are more likely to support a conversion therapy ban for sexual orientation than for gender identity, further undermines the common GC claim that the rise in trans kids coming out is because parents are trying to “trans the gay away”. This claim is plainly ridiculous on its face, but it is the best GCs have to work with in terms of a post hoc rationalisation for why they support the torture of trans children. We already know that British people are more than twice as likely to reject a family member coming out as trans than if they came out as gay, now we also know they are more likely to support trying to force them through conversion therapy if they are trans too. This also aligns with the government’s own study that showed trans people are nearly twice as likely to have been pressured to undergo conversion therapy than gay people are.

Women vs men

One extra thing I want to highlight from this data is that it shows, for the millionth time, that women are more likely to support trans rights than men. We’ve seen this consistently from support for GRA Reform to trans women in women’s spaces. Most people who support trans rights are women, and most women support trans rights. Most people with GC views are men. This would be uncontroversial and unsurprising if it wasn’t for the fact that the GC movement’s main strategy is to present opposing trans rights as “defending women”. They aren’t, they are opposing women.

As shown in every poll ever, women are more likely to support trans rights


Yet another poll showing popular support for trans equality, supported mainly by women, which will be completely ignored by the government, the British media and the GC movement alike. We’ve already won the battle for hearts and minds; they’ve not even managed to get support for a conversion therapy ban below 60% after 6+ years of media war against trans people. Where we are losing is getting people in positions of power, and that’s where we need to focus!



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Katy Montgomerie

Katy Montgomerie

Katy is a feminist, LGBT rights advocate, atheist, metalhead, insect enthusiast and trans woman