Accelerating Acceptance 2015
2015 is poised to be an historic year for the rights of LGBT Americans. With 37 states having legal marriage for same-sex couples, the Supreme Court may be on the verge of recognizing a constitutional right to marriage equality nationwide. But beneath this progress lies a layer of uneasiness and discomfort. While the public is increasingly embracing LGBT civil rights and equal protection under the law, many are still uncomfortable with having LGBT people in their families and the communities where they live.
“Closing the gap to full acceptance of LGBT people will not come from legislation or judicial decisions alone, but from a deeper understanding and empathy from Americans themselves,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “Accelerating acceptance will require the help of not just LGBT people, but also their allies – everyday Americans who feel strongly and take an active role to make sure that their LGBT friends and family are fully accepted members of society.”