LGBT Americans Feel Growing Acceptance, Lingering Discrimination, Survey Finds

Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
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June 14, 2013
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The vast majority of LGBT Americans feel that society has become more accepting of them in the last decade, yet many still feel stigmatized, according to a survey released Thursday from the non-partisan Pew Research Center. In the survey, conducted online among 1,197 self-identified gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults, 92 percent of respondents said they feel society has become more accepting in the past decade, and the same percent said society will be more accepting in another 10 years. But only 19 percent of LGBT adults said they experience “a lot” of social acceptance, and 53 percent said there continues to be "a lot" of discrimination against LGBT people. About 39 percent said 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. Thirty percent said they have been physically attacked or threatened and 21 percent said they have been treated unfairly by an employer.