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posted Friday, June 28, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 26
Acceptance of LGBTs declines among young Americans, GLAAD poll says
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Acceptance of LGBTs declines among young Americans, GLAAD poll says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The percentage of Americans between 18 and 34 years of age who would feel 'very' or 'somewhat' comfortable with LGBT people has declined for the second consecutive year, GLAAD reported on June 24.

The disturbing finding comes from GLAAD's fifth annual Accelerating Acceptance Index, a national survey among US adults conducted for GLAAD by the Harris Poll. The index measures American attitudes toward LGBTQ people.

The survey asks respondents to describe their feelings about LGBT people in seven separate social scenarios.

Overall, the percentage of non-LGBTQ adults who said they'd be 'very' or 'somewhat' comfortable with LGBTQ remained stable at 49%. In 2018, the number showed a decline over the previous year - 49% in the 2018 report versus 53% in the 2017 report.

However, this year's index found the number of young Americans ages 18-34 who are comfortable across all seven scenarios dropped from 53% to 45%, the second consecutive year that this age group has shown a drop.

More young people aged 18-34 responded that they were 'very' or 'somewhat' uncomfortable in three personal scenarios: learning a family member is LGBT (36% uncomfortable in the 2019 report vs. 29% in the 2018 report); learning their doctor is LGBT (34% vs. 27%); and learning their child had a lesson on LGBT history in their school (39% vs. 30%).

Forty-three percent of males aged 18-34 reported that they were uncomfortable learning a family member is LGBT (up from 32% in 2018), and 42% of males ages 18-34 reported that they were uncomfortable learning their child's teacher is LGBT (up from 37% in 2018).

Forty percent of females aged 18-34 reported that they were uncomfortable learning their child had a lesson on LGBT history in school, an increase of 13 percentage points from the previous year's findings.

GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told MSNBC that she blames the decline on the Trump administration and 'targeting' by right-wing websites.

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