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Discrimination a Real Problem But Improvements Seen Say Most of Gay Americans

By December 9, 2012

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According to a recent Gallup poll attitudes about GLBT issues are changing fast. That's not shocking considering some of the major victories on gay rights that we just saw in the last election.

As USA Today reports:

"Since the issue was engaged in earnest less than two decades ago, public opinion has been reshaped. In 1996, a Gallup Poll found Americans opposing same-sex marriage by an overwhelming 68%-27%. Now, an analysis of aggregated polls over the past decade shows movement toward support in every age group and every region. In the new survey, the only age group in which a majority opposes same-sex marriage are those 65 and older, and the only region with majority opposition is the South."

But it isn't only the general public who's views are changing, though GLBT individuals themselves still face discrimination, many have seen change in recent years.

"In a survey of respondents who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, three of four say they are generally open with others about their sexual orientation. More than nine of 10 say people in their community have become more accepting in recent years."

Have you noticed a change in attitudes in recent years?


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