Accelerating Acceptance

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Accelerating Acceptance 2019

Fifty years after the Stonewall uprising, the LGBTQ community has great reason to celebrate the many advancements that have created greater visibility and legal protections for LGBTQ Americans, but the fight for 100% acceptance is far from over.

Last year the Accelerating Acceptance Index, a national survey among U.S. adults conducted on GLAAD's behalf by The Harris Poll, saw an erosion in LGBTQ acceptance. Although this year's Index reports that the drop in LGBTQ acceptance has been stemmed, a growing number of young people ages 18-34 report being less comfortable around LGBTQ people in certain personal situations. At the same time, the Trump administration continues to attack the LGBTQ community through discriminatory policies and targeted rhetoric, and LGBTQ Americans are becoming more vulnerable to hate crimes and violence, which GLAAD documents here. GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance Report provides us with an urgent reminder that LGBTQ people and allies should continue to remain visible and vigilant on the fight for 100% acceptance of LGBTQ people.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Accelerating Acceptance 2020

In this critical election year, the 2020 Accelerating Acceptance Study takes a deeper look at the general public’s understanding of the landscape of LGBTQ rights in America.

This year’s findings highlight an alarming reality: the majority of Americans, both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ, believe that LGBTQ people have federal protections in areas of life in which they do not. The reality is that there are no consistent and explicit federal anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing, education, public accommodations, and many other areas of life. In 27 states, there are no non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans.

The promising finding from this year’s Accelerating Acceptance Study is that despite the lack of federal protections for LGBTQ people, the majority of non-LGBTQ Americans believe that these protections should exist. This stands in direct contrast to the Trump administration’s over 180 attacks on the LGBTQ community, which continue to target the rights of LGBTQ people and put the most marginalized within our community at greater risk.

The 2020 Accelerating Acceptance Study is a clear reminder that LGBTQ people and allies must turnout in record numbers this November to elect pro-equality candidates who will pass comprehensive legislation like the Equality Act and overturn discriminatory measures imposed on LGBTQ people, like the transgender military ban. Read More

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Accelerating Acceptance 2018

While the past several decades have yielded remarkable progress for the LGBTQ community in the United States, acceptance of LGBTQ people is slipping, and discrimination is increasing, in the face of attacks, bias, and erasure by the Trump administration. This is the first time the Accelerating Acceptance report has shown a drop in acceptance for LGBTQ people. 2017 has demonstrated that the path to full equality and acceptance is not guaranteed, but in the face of this erosion GLAAD will work to ensure 100% acceptance of LGBTQ people everywhere.

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