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Pew releases new data on LGBT attitudes, experiences

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Metro Weekly
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June 18, 2013

There may have been some awkward Father’s Day calls yesterday, as only 39 percent of gays and lesbians have told their fathers about their sexual orientation, according to a new survey of LGBT Americans from Pew Research Center. The numbers are somewhat better for mothers – 56 percent of gays have told their moms.

The study focused on “attitudes, experiences and values in changing times,” and shined a light on some of the more personal issues in the LGBT community. Four in 10 say that they’ve been rejected by a family member or close friend because of their sexual orientation, and three in 10 say they’ve been threatened or attacked because of it.

Pew’s latest findings also reveal some interesting data about the ages when people first thought they might be a gay or bi, first knew for sure, and first told someone.