LGBT Americans Surveyed on Experiences

A recent Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends report on the survey, "Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transsexual (LGBT) Americans: Attitudes, Experience, and Values in Changing Times" found that the majority (92%) believe that they are more accepted in society today than in the past ten years and anticipate that their acceptance will grow over the next ten years. The survey was conducted from April 11 through 29, 2013 of a nationally representative sample (1,197 individuals) of self-identified LGBT Americans adults by landline or cell phone. 

When asked about their experience with discrimination aimed at them due to their sexual orientation or gender identity presently or in past years, the majority (58%) said that they have been subjected to slurs or jokes and 39% said that they have been rejected by a friend or family member. About one third (30%) of respondents report being threatened or physically attacked and 29% said that they have been made to feel unwelcome in a place of worship. Slightly less than one quarter (23%) of respondents report receiving poor service in a restaurant, hotel or other place of business and 21% said that they had been treated unfairly by an employer. offers a learning module, "Age and Attitudes about the Rights of Homosexuals: A Data-Driven Learning Guide" that investigates trends in attitudes regarding the rights of homosexuals in the United States from the early 1990s through 2007.

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Sue Hodge

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