LGBT adults report more acceptance, but abuse lingers

Within the past decade, 92 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults reported saying that society has become more accepting and will continue to do so over the next ten years.  Yet a more recent study finds that four in ten LGBT adults were rejected by family members or close friends and 30 percent of LGBT adults have been physically attacked as reported by the PewCenter People for the Press.

With such a high number of LGBT adults reporting a more accepting society while the rejection and abuse is still occurring to a large percent.  More than half of the LGBT adults have been subject to slurs or jokes and 21 percent report receiving unfair treatment from employers, however the numbers are dramatically lower for recent abuse.  Of those who have been subject to slurs or jokes, only 16 percent of the abuse occurred within the last year.   Of the 30 percent who have been physically attacked, only four percent report the attacks happening within the last year, a 26 percent drop in occurrences overall.

With more and more states passing same sex marriage laws, the acceptance of LGBT adults will likely improve over the next ten years as the data suggests.  One transgender adult says “I have suffered most of my life in the wrong gender. Now I feel more at home in the world, though I must admit, not completely. There is still plenty of phobic feeling.


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