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For context, this data comes from an online survey panel conducted from May 16 to 22. It includes just over 10,000 randomly sampled people and was weighted to be representative of adults in the U.S. The margin of error is plus or minus 1.6%.

At the end of the day, what does all of this data mean? Well, a couple of things.

Part of the reason it is so easy for conservatives to push anti-trans legislation and anti-trans rhetoric is because we live in a society where trans and nonbinary folks are not routinely honored, celebrated, and respected. When folks don’t actually know or accept a trans person in their life, it’s a lot easier to legislate against them and demonize them. When people aren’t thinking critically, and Fox News poison is permeating their brains, the real-life person in front of them becomes a predator and a groomer instead of say, your accountant or neighbor.

This is part of why it’s so important for media to have accurate, humanizing portrayals of trans and nonbinary folks, and especially stories by trans and nonbinary folks. Instead of caricatures, which can even accidentally relay archaic or harmful stereotypes, we can see full dimensions of humanity and experience. 

People will, obviously, feel more comfortable coming out when they have support and acceptance around them. But we can’t expect people to put themselves into potential danger, loss of employment, loss of housing, and even loss of health care in order to be visible to everyone. It’s up to allies and advocates to actively show ourselves as safe and do real organizing work.

Per this data, more people know an openly trans person because they are a friend than for other reasons. While a little over 25% of respondents have an openly trans friend, only 13% know a trans coworker. About 10% have an openly trans family member. Again, this could easily come down to allyship and advocacy or have to do with folks leaving their home towns or states and going to more LGBTQ+ friendly areas, where they might make friends who feel safer than their families. It could also speak to our lack of employment protections for trans folks.

Relatedly, people who live in suburban or urban areas, as well as people with higher levels of education, are most likely to say they know an openly nonbinary person. 

In terms of the number of folks who are nonbinary, this research could provide important support for the push to offer gender-neutral sex markers (often X) on official documents and forms of identification, like driver’s licenses and passports. 

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Now, the data (obviously) doesn’t and can’t explain why more young people report knowing a trans person. But it’s reasonable to believe it’s at least possible that as trans folks are (admittedly slowly) being given rights, protections, and dignity, young people are growing up to see trans people as equal and safe, and thus are treating others with respect. This means not only will more people feel comfortable coming out but also that more people will have folks in their life feel safe coming out to them. It’s a circle.

For example, back in 2017, Pew conducted the same sort of research and found that only 37% of respondents said they knew an openly trans person. Now, 42% say they do. Interestingly, this includes just over 40% of conservatives and almost 50% of liberals.

Mind you, people’s rights shouldn’t depend on having friends or coworkers who are liberal or progressive. People should have rights, period, but we know that public opinion can make a big difference when it comes to getting equality and respect in this nation, especially when it comes to federal and state protections. 

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I’m truly lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Sometimes I think the only thing keeping me alive in the face of an ongoing pandemic, intensifying climate crisis, and many, many more issues worsening with a swiftness is the outdoors. I’m not saying I’m holding onto this mortal coil for dear life, but instead that I see meaning in the life I’m living thanks to my surroundings. I can think of so many moments when clearing my head meant a walk to the river, a run on the Lafitte Greenway, or getting away even farther and exploring more of the place I love and call home. Once I’ve hit the road and I’m walking through the swamps of the Barataria Preserve, it’s like the chaos of the world cannot reach me. Mosquitos can, which isn’t great since they inexplicably love me, but my worries are just as small as they are when I’m out in nature. Quite literally taking a hike is the only way I can imagine celebrating this 4th of July.

Exploring nature is something I’ve only recently come around to in my adult life, and that may be because often the folks we assume are hitting the trails are their own stereotype. Typically, the most visible people heading outdoors are white, cis, able-bodied, and have enough money to afford the luxury of time and equipment for all sorts of terrain. But a whole host of grassroots and more formal organizations are making it possible for people from a diversity of backgrounds to feel more comfortable when they head out into nature. Field Magazine has a great resource for BIPOC groups blazing a trial—I’m personally obsessed with Latino Outdoors. The publication also offers great resources for LGBTQ+ hikers. And disability advocates can take comfort in the amazing work Disabled Hikers is doing, though certainly more can be done so that all are welcome to this space.


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“At least six people were dead, 31 were hospitalized and a gunman was at large Monday afternoon after shooting Fourth of July paradegoers from a roof in this Chicago suburb,” the Washington Post reports.

“Video from the scene appeared to show blood pooled on the sidewalk and police talking to people in downtown Highland Park. Others showed the chaos while loud bangs could be heard on the downtown street where chairs, toys and blankets were strewn.”

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Exclusive: Biden Wants To Scrap Filibuster To Codify Abortion Into Law – Manchin And Sinema Refuse To Budge – TalkOfNews.com

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President Biden on Thursday called on the Senate to carve out an ‘exception’ to the filibuster as a means to codify abortion rights into law following the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that,” Biden told reporters at a NATO summit in Spain.

“And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” he added.

One reporter openly wondered if Biden, whose popularity is at record lows and who has struggled to coalesce his party around any significant policy achievements, is the best messenger.

“Yeah, I am,” he snapped back. “I’m the president of the United States of America. That makes me the best messenger.”

RELATED: Flashback: Biden Supported Constitutional Amendment Overturning Roe v. Wade, Said It Went ‘Too Far’

Biden Wants to End Filibuster to Codify Abortion Rights

It’s no mystery as to why President Biden is seeking a filibuster ‘carveout’ to force abortion legislation into law.

The filibuster is designed to prolong debate and delay or prevent a vote on a bill. Ending debate requires the agreement of three-fifths (60) of Senators, or in today’s Congressional makeup – 10 Republicans would have to join the majority party.

Eliminate the filibuster, and suddenly a bill to codify abortion rights into law requires 50 votes in a Senate divided 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris giving the tie-breaking vote to the Democrats.

Fortunately, however, it turns out Biden isn’t the best messenger to eliminate the filibuster, with the idea already having been nixed.

Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) have, as they have consistently, vowed to protect the filibuster. And Biden’s comments haven’t swayed them one bit.

The Daily Mail reports that the pair’s offices reached out to them and Manchin’s said “the West Virginia Democrat’s position had not changed in light of the president’s new comments,” while Sinema’s referred them to a previous statement, a statement which reveals the filibuster has actually been used in the past to protect pro-choice legislation.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever,” Sinema said.

RELATED: Biden Calls To End Filibuster For Democrat Voting Bill, Something He Once Called A ‘Very Dangerous Thing To Do’

It’s Not Really an Exception

It’s important to note that when President Biden, Democrats, and the media use phrases like ‘carveout’ and ‘exception,’ they’re trying to create the illusion that this is the only time they’ll consider scrapping the filibuster.

In fact, it seems quite clear they’ll use it for nearly every platform they’d like to get passed in the Senate and squash the ability of the minority to stand in their way.

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In January, the same man talking about an ‘exception’ to codify Roe v. Wade into law delivered an angry speech calling on the Senate to change the filibuster in an effort to get Democrat voting reform legislation rammed through Congress with a simple majority.

He was so adamant about nixing the filibuster that he said anybody refusing to support voting reform was equivalent to being a segregationist or Confederate.

If Manchin and Sinema were to cave on this ‘carveout,’ do you think Democrats would revisit the voting reform bill?

And while those two Democrats have remained opposed to scrapping the filibuster, it’s important to remember that an ‘exception’ was made back in December after 14 Republicans joined in offering a one-time exception to suspend the filibuster, allowing Democrats exclusively to vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling.

That move led Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) to refer to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as “Biden’s bitch.”

Biden’s support for eliminating the filibuster is part of his new evolution since becoming President and being yanked to the extreme left by a party that is currently dominated by radicals.

In 2005, Biden called the nuclear option to weaken the filibuster an “arrogance of power,” and said eliminating it “would undermine the protections of a minority point of view” and have “long-term consequences.”

In 2019, President Biden called ending the filibuster a “very dangerous thing to do.”

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Now suddenly, ‘Danger’ is his middle name, as Biden throws caution to the wind and demands the filibuster be eliminated for policies and platforms he personally supports.

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