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Transforming Prejudice

Identity, Fear, and Transgender Rights

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Since the mid-1990s, there has been a seismic shift in attitudes toward gay and lesbian people, with a majority of Americans now supporting same-sex marriage and relations between same-sex, consenting adults. However, support for transgender individuals lags far behind; a significant majority of Americans do not support the right of transgender people to be free from discrimination in housing, employment, public spaces, health care, legal documents, and other areas.
In this book, Melissa R. Michelson and Brian F. Harrison examine what tactics are effective in changing public opinion regarding transgender people. Michelson and Harrison, through their experiments, show that the most effective messaging on transgender issues meets people where they are,
acknowledges their discomfort without judgment or criticism, and helps them to think about transgender people and rights in a way that aligns with their view of themselves as moral human beings.
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Heath Fogg Davis, author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? Michelson and Harrison offer much-needed pragmatic guidance on how to challenge and ultimately change anti-transgender public opinion. The path forward won't be easy, but it is possible and this book can help us take the first steps.

Courtenay W. Daum, author of The Politics of Right Sex: Transgressive Bodies, Governmentality and the Limits of Trans Rights Transforming Prejudice continues Michelson and Harrison's important work on attitude change and reducing prejudice against LGBTQ communities. Recognizing the distinctive challenges associated with increasing public acceptance of transgender individuals, they create, test, and prescribe a new theory Identity Reassurance Theory for changing individual attitudes. While this theory is a significant contribution to political science scholarship,
more importantly it provides a tested strategy for facilitating positive change, reducing discrimination, and advancing transgender rights. This book is essential reading for everyone committed to eradicating discrimination against transgender individuals.

Jami Taylor, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Toledo This is a timely and insightful book that examines the difficult task of changing public attitudes about transgender rights. The small size of the transgender community and public discomfort with transgender people make attitudinal change hard. With their Identity Reassurance Theory, Michelson and Harrison offer a theoretically grounded and pragmatic approach to changing people's attitudes about transgender rights. It is recommended for anyone interested in changing
attitudes about a marginalized community.

Rene Cramer, Drake University What a refreshingly pragmatic, optimistic book. A Change is Gonna Comeis a humane text, grounded in useful data, and full of helpful practices that are at the core of good political science, and good political habits. I look forward to teaching this!

Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Emerson College We can't change everyone (racist uncles, Twitter bullies, unhinged presidents who double as Twitter bullies), but Brian F. Harrison teaches us how to persuade the persuadable. This is a book for people who want to change minds using techniques that work, which means there's no chapter celebrating the effectiveness of shaming, trolling, and other emotionally satisfying but largely counterproductive weaponry if the goal is winning elections-or even finding common
ground with the human being next door. This is a hopeful and humane book for people willing to have seemingly difficult conversations that might just change the world.

Brian Richardson, LGBTQ advocate and Director, Lambda Legal Midwest Region LGBTQ people have made historic progress in record time thanks to the brave members of our community who not only came out, but engaged in honest, challenging conversations with those who were hostil...

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Melissa R. Michelson is Professor of Political Science at Menlo College. Brian F. Harrison is a Lecturer at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Founder and President of Voters for Equality. They are authors of Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights.


Chapter 1: Just a Little Bit of History Repeating: Definitions, Public Opinion, and the Issues Chapter 2: Reassurance, Acknowledgement, and Values Chapter 3: Finding the Path to Attitude Change on Transgender Rights Chapter 4: Gender Roles, Masculinity, and Support for Transgender Rights Chapter 5: Emotions and Moral Elevation Chapter 6: Feeling a Little Uncomfortable, and That's Okay Chapter 7: Transforming Prejudice from the Inside Out