Researchers at the University of Illinois Springfield are releasing results of a national survey exploring attitudes towards transgender rights and supportive policies.
The survey of 774 respondents finds 81 percent of U.S. adults believe that transgender persons deserve the same rights and protections as other Americans. Yet, support for specific policies varies by demographics. For example, 41 percent support using public funds to cover gender dysphoria treatment for transgender persons, but support is significantly higher among females (48%) compared to males (33%).
The survey was conducted by Ashley Kirzinger, director of the UIS Survey Research Office, and Jason Pierceson, UIS associate professor of political science.
The survey project, “Examining Attitudes Toward the “T” in LGBT,” asks individuals about several key policy areas including healthcare, prisons, military service, and K-12 education.
“While there is broad support for equal treatment under the law for transgender individuals, the public is currently less supportive of discrete policy proposals crucial to the support and protection of the transgender community,” said Pierceson. “This demonstrates that activists and policymakers still have much work to do to educate the public about the policy needs of the transgender community.”
Participants were recruited using Qualtrics, an online survey firm, and the survey’s questionnaire and methodology was overseen by Kirzinger.
“Developing a questionnaire that allowed individuals to voice their opinions without forcing them into answers on issues on which they might not know enough was extremely difficult,” said Kirzinger. “Yet, this survey is an important in-depth examination of public attitudes towards transgender supportive policies.”
The survey is representative of the national adult population and also includes a sub-sample of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
For the complete survey report, visit www.uis.edu/surveyresearchoffice. The survey results will be presented by Pierceson and Kirzinger on August 29, 2015 at the Springfield LGBT Equality Institute. For more information on the Institute, visit www.equalityillinois.us/springfield-institute-2015/.
Questions about the survey may be directed to Kirzinger at 217/206-7956 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pierceson may be reached at 217/206-7842 or email@example.com.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Before food was served, a ceremonial cake cutting was held and Chancellor Susan Koch addressed the audience, wishing them a happy and successful academic year.
“This is going to be a great year,” Koch told the audience. “There are a lot of exciting things going on. For those of you who are new, I really hope you’ll immerse yourself in all of the opportunities here.”
For Kowsalya Viswanathan, an international graduate student from India, it was her first time attending the picnic. She came for the food and to meet new friends.
“I think this is a very good opportunity to meet a lot of people, even our professors,” she said. “So, I can chat with my professors, new friends, other student organizations, everyone.”
Xavier Todd was one of the first students in line. He arrive a half-an-hour early, but wasn’t expecting the turnout of almost 900 students, faculty and staff.
“I didn’t expect so many people to come out,” said Todd. “I didn’t know how big it was going to get, but it turned out very well.”
The picnic also gives students a chance to meet Chancellor Koch.
“I’ve been walking around meeting lots and lots of new students,” said Koch. “The energy that you feel in this place, at this moment is just fantastic. People are really excited to be here.”
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Betsy Goulet, clinical assistant professor of public administration in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, holds a D.P.A. from the University of Illinois Springfield. Her professional interests include child protection and advocacy issues, systems response to child maltreatment, mandated reporting, and public sector and nonprofit collaboration. Outside of UIS, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, composing music and singing.
Carol Jessup, associate professor of accountancy in the College of Business and Management, holds a Ph.D. in management from St. Louis University. Her professional interests include preparing pedagogical cases in real-world fraud situations, state and local government accounting topics and audit topics. Her personal interests include relaxing at the movies, playing with pets and enjoying music.
Troy Lepper, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies in the College of Public Affairs and Administration, holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Colorado State University. His research interests include the intersection between human and natural environments in reference to water use and sustainable development. Outside of UIS, he enjoys grooving through funky parts of the universe with a thirst for adventure, while still possessing time to make a friendship.
Kathy Massey, clinical assistant professor of educational leadership in the College of Education and Human Services, holds an Ed.D. from Illinois State University. Her current research includes educational technology, student achievement, online learning and the administrative role. Outside of UIS, she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and playing golf.
Frank Nation, assistant professor of accountancy in the College of Business and Management, holds a Ph.D. in business administration and accountancy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His professional interests include behavioral accounting and research in auditing and fraud. Outside of UIS he enjoys hunting, fishing and outdoor activities.
Thomas Sidener, instructor of computer science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, holds an M.S. in computer science, network programming from the University of Illinois Springfield. His professional interests include mobile application development, Android and iOS, database development and optimization and software engineering. Outside of UIS, he enjoys playing board games, playing the guitar and drums and writing poetry.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
"It’s exciting. It’s a new chapter in my life," said freshmen Brody McGrath. He chose UIS for the excellent academic programs and for a chance to play on the UIS Baseball team.
"I just really like the opportunities that are here," he said. "The schooling comes across to me as very good. I’ll get better here with baseball and school."
On Move-In Day, students are assigned arrival times in an effort to avoid headaches and congestion. Volunteers help direct parents to parking spaces, unload and carry items and help students find their rooms.
"We try to make it as militarily precise as we can in moving people in. We benefit substantially from a large number of volunteers," said John Ringle, UIS director of residence life.
Chancellor Susan Koch visited with students and parents as they moved into Lincoln and Founders Residence Halls, offering advice and reassuring parents.
"It’s the beginning of what will be a wonderful academic experience, but also a great opportunity for some wonderful social experiences," said Koch.
For incoming freshmen Hannah Kain the day was a little hectic, but she knows she made the right choice in coming to UIS.
"I can see myself living here for the next four years. Right now (my room) is a little crowded, but it’ll all work out," she said.
Fall 2015 semester classes begin on Monday, August 24, 2015.