Surprise! Most Americans are Cool With LGBT Rights


LGBT rights have been a popular topic in the realm of American identity politics for many years now. Consistently contentious political fighting over the topic and even recent federal injusticesmay lead one to believe that a majority of Americans are not in favor of supporting their fellow LGBT Americans. 

However, according to new data, you shouldn’t be so quick to judge. 

According to a recent poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute in February, in which more than 2000 American adults were polled, a majority of Americans support LGBT rights.

The poll states that more than 6 in 10 Americans (63%) support same-sex marriage. That’s more than a 10% increase from the number, 53%, that the PRRI found in 2013. Additionally, most Americans oppose laws that ban transgender people from using the bathroom that matches their gender identity and more Americans report knowing a close friend or family member who identifies as transgender compared to poll results from 2011. 

A possible reason for all of this? According to the survey, since 2011, more Americans have reported close social contact with LGBT people in their lives.  

It’s important to entertain reminders that good intentions and small signs of progress often don’t often make headlines. Reaffirming news like this will hopefully lead to even greater visibility of LGBT Americans.

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