Although New Jerseyans (71 percent) are playing close attention to the news about bathroom accommodations and curriculum additions regarding gay and transgendered individuals, they are split on the issue, according to a recent FDU PublicMind poll. Equal numbers (47 percent) say the state government and privately owned businesses should allow transgendered individuals to use public bathrooms that match their identity. Fewer support it in schools (37 percent).
Some other statistics: 21 percent say they know someone who is transgendered (and those who do are more supportive of bathroom accommodations). Democrats (63 percent) are more supportive than Republicans (27 percent), just as women and millennials are.
When it comes to school curriculum – there is pending legislation in New Jersey to require the curriculum to include “political, economic and social contributions” of people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Some 49 percent support it, 45 percent oppose.