Pew Poll: LGBT Americans Believe Society Is Vastly More Accepting Than 10 Years Ago
A Pew Research poll conducted in April reveals that an overwhelming majority of LGBT Americans believe society is more inclusive and tolerant than it was ten years ago. The survey also finds that most gay Americans think society still has much work to do.
An overwhelming share of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults (92%) say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade and an equal number expect it to grow even more accepting in the decade ahead. They attribute the changes to a variety of factors, from people knowing and interacting with someone who is LGBT, to advocacy on their behalf by high-profile public figures, to LGBT adults raising families.
At the same time, however, a new nationally representative survey of 1,197 LGBT adults offers testimony to the many ways they feel they have been stigmatized by society. About four-in-ten (39%) say that at some point in their lives they were rejected by a family member or close friend because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; 30% say they have been physically attacked or threatened; 29% say they have been made to feel unwelcome in a place of worship; and 21% say they have been treated unfairly by an employer. About six-in-ten (58%) say they’ve been the target of slurs or jokes.
Pew's new poll goes on to reveal that many LGBT Americans still aren't out to their parents, but of those that are, most say their relationships have not been damaged.