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The Pulse of Equality: A Snapshot of U.S. Perspectives on LGBT People and Policies

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GLAAD released a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive in the wake of the passage of and protests against California's Proposition 8. The survey reveals that majorities of Americans favor a broad range of policies and legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Here are the survey's key findings:

  • Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75%) favor either marriage or domestic partnerships/civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.  Only about two in 10 (22%) say gay and lesbian couples should have no legal recognition. (Gay and lesbian couples are able to marry in two states, and comprehensive civil union or domestic partnership laws exist in only five others and the District of Columbia.)
  • U.S. adults are now about evenly divided on whether they support allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry (47% favor to 49% oppose).
  • Almost two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults favor allowing openly gay military personnel to serve in the armed forces. (The current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law bans military service by openly gay personnel.)
  • About six in 10 (63%) U.S. adults favor expanding hate crime laws to cover gay and transgender people. (Hate crimes laws cover gay and transgender people in 11 states and the District of Columbia, and an additional - 20 states' laws cover sexual orientation but not gender identity.)
  • A slight majority of U.S. adults (51%) favor protecting gay and transgender people under existing laws that prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. (Existing non-discrimination laws cover gay and transgender people in only 12 states and the District of Columbia, and eight other states' laws cover sexual orientation but not gender identity.)
  • Nearly seven out of 10 U.S. adults (69%) oppose laws that would ban qualified gay and lesbian couples from adopting children. (In several states, gay and lesbian couples are banned from adopting.)

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No one should be bullied or called names simply for being who they are. Still, millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are made to feel like they don't fit in every day; some even feel unsafe. Check out GLAAD's Amplify Your Voice Resource Kit to find tips and information for educators, parents and youth.

WHERE WE ARE ON TV REPORT: 2011 - 2012 SEASON

Where We Are On TV is GLAAD's annual report about diversity on television

Where We Are on TV Report: 2010 - 2011 Season

Welcome to Where We Are On TV, GLAAD's annual report about diversity on television.

At the launch of the 2010-2011 television season, GLAAD estimates that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) scripted characters represent 3.9% of all scripted series regular characters on the five broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, and NBC. This is slightly more than last year, with 23 series regular characters identified as LGBT.

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