The backslide in supporting LGBT Americans was called alarming


There has been a backslide in support for LGBT rights for the first time in history, GLAAD reports. Accelerating Acceptance report, a national survey among more than 2,100 U.S. adults conducted on GLAAD’s behalf by The Harris Poll showed that the LGBT support in the country is decreasing for the first time ever. Less than half of adults (49 percent) reported being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven situations – a decline from 53 percent last year and the first time the Accelerating Acceptance report has shown that the level of LGBT accepting in the country is not rising. Compared to last year’s results, significantly more respondents noted that they would be uncomfortable learning a family member is LBGTQ (30 percent vs. 27 percent), having their child’s teacher be LGBTQ (31 percent vs. 28 percent), and learning their doctor is LGBTQ (31 percent vs. 28 percent). Meanwhile, 55 percent of LGBTQ adults reported that they were discriminated against for being LGBT. This number is a significant 11 percentage point increase from the previous year (44 percent).


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