However, divisions on this issue are particularly apparent by political orientation, gender identity and age. Age in particular is a key differentiator, with younger people more likely to support transgender rights than older people. More than half of Gen Z (56%) say transgender rights have not gone far enough compared with 39% of Millennials, 33% of Gen X, and just 20% of Baby Boomers. In addition, half of Gen Z (51%) and Millennials (50%) support transgender people using public facilities that match their gender identity, compared with a third of Gen X (35%) and just a quarter of Baby Boomers (26%).3
This age divide suggests a generational shift is underway, with transgender rights and transgender people more a part of the everyday lives of young people. For example, younger people are far more likely to say they are familiar with people who use gender neutral terms (such as ‘they/them’ or ‘xe’). Seven in ten (69%) Gen Z have heard of, met or know someone who uses gender neural terms, compared with just a quarter of Baby Boomers (25%). Currently, Baby Boomers run the country and most institutions – but if these generational differences persist, as we have already seen on issues such as homosexuality, then we can expect further change in Britain yet to come.