LGBT survey looks at discrimination

June 16th, 2013 | by Will Dean | Comments

A large majority of LGBT Americans participating in a recent Pew Research Center survey say society has become more accepting during the past 10 years.

The same 92 percent of 1,197 adult respondents also believe LGBT acceptance will increase in the next decade. But most communities are not yet — no surprise here — as gay friendly as Palm Springs where the mayor, majority of City Council, and 40 to 60 percent of residents are LGBT.

Photo by Lani Garfield

Photo by Lani Garfield

Discrimination persists in many areas, evidenced by the 58 percent of survey participants who said they were subjected to slurs or jokes, and the 39 percent who were rejected by family or friends because of their sexual orientation. Thirty percent had been threatened or physically attacked, while 21 percent reported being treated unfairly at work.

The results also show that the average gay man first thought he might be gay at age 10, before telling anyone at age 18. As for women, the first thought of self-identifying as a lesbian occurred at age 13, and they officially came out at 21.

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