Despite the tendency to sensationalize the trans experience, Americans’ perceptions of transgender people have been positively influenced by the increasing media presence of complex figures such as Caitlyn Jenner. As a recent survey from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) showed, about two-thirds of today’s American population is relatively well informed about transgender people and issues, having a good understanding of what the term “transgender” means. Another recent survey from the Human Rights Campaign indicates that 22 percent of Americans know or personally work with a transgender person. This increasing awareness may have contributed to the fact that an overwhelming majority (89%) favors legal protection and equal rights for transgender people. In 2015, President Obama became the first president to use the word “transgender” in a State of the Union address. In doing so, he publicly recognized the transgender community while pushing for its protection against discrimination.