On Facebook, 70% of Americans Have a Gay Friend

The Wall Street Journal
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June 26, 2013
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Just in time for the Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage and gay-pride events across the U.S. this week, the data miners at Facebook FB +1.30% ran an analysis on their members. What percentage of Facebook users in America, they wondered, has at least one friend who has identified himself or herself on Facebook as gay, lesbian or bisexual?

The answer: Approximately 70%, according to a Facebook spokesman.

It’s a notable statistic, because gay-rights groups say some of their recent successes at the ballot — after years of losing there — can be tied with a kind of tipping point Americans have reached in being comfortable with gay and lesbian friends and family.