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Black Americans Firmly Support Gender Equality but Are Split on Transgender and Nonbinary Issues   


This report was written by Kiana Cox, research associate.

Editorial guidance was provided by Mark Hugo Lopez, director, race and ethnicity research and Juliana Menasce Horowitz, associate director, social and demographic trends research.

Guidance on the communications strategy and outreach was provided by Tanya Arditi, communications manager.    

The report was number checked by Carolyne Im, research assistant. Shannon Greenwood, digital producer, produced the report. David Kent, senior copy editor, copy edited the report. Charts were designed by Cox with editorial guidance provided by Peter Bell, design director.   

Pew Research Center is grateful to a panel of expert advisers who gave advice on all stages of the four studies covered in this report.

Study 1 (questions on gender, faith, and family): R. Khari Brown, associate professor of sociology at Wayne State University; Ryon J. Cobb, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Georgia; Yolanda Pierce, professor and dean at Howard University School of Divinity; Tia Noelle Pratt, president and director of research at TNPratt & Associates LLC; Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches; Josef Sorett, professor of religion and African American and African diaspora studies and chair of the religion department at Columbia University; and Eric Williams, curator of religion for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Study 2 (questions on gender equality and feminism): Carrie Lukas, president, Independent Women’s Forum; Dana R. Fisher, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland; Kristin Goss, Kevin D. Gorter professor of public policy and political science, Duke University; and Corrine McConnaughy, research scholar, department of politics, Princeton University.

Study 3 (questions on intersectional issues and Black adults’ concern about discrimination against LGBTQ people): Michael C. Dawson, John D. MacArthur professor of political science and the College at the University of Chicago; Leah Wright Rigueur, SNF Agora Institute associate professor of history at Johns Hopkins University; C. Riley Snorton, professor of English language and literature and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Chicago; Mosi Adesina Ifatunji, assistant professor of Afro-American studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and Charlene A. Carruthers, founding national director of Black Youth Project 100.

Study 4 (questions on transgender and nonbinary issues): Erica Anderson, clinical psychologist at Anderson Health Strategies LLC; Leonardo Kattari, LEO lecturer at University of Michigan; Shanna Kattari, assistant professor of social work and assistant professor of women’s studies at University of Michigan; Lain Mathers, assistant professor of sociology at Indiana State University; C. Riley Snorton, professor of English language and literature at the University of Chicago; and Ben Vincent, research coordinator at the Trans Learning Partnership.

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