One Third of People Are Still Unchill With the LGBTQ Community
Ever since the landmark Supreme Court case in June of 2015 which ruled in favor of marriage equality, things have been looking up for the LGBTQ community. This progress has helped push the acceptance of LGBTQ people to it’s all time high.
But even with all that progress, it appears that many people are still uncomfortable around members of the LGBTQ community, according to a new study from GLAAD.
After the Supreme Court case, the percent of Americans who felt “very uncomfortable” or “somewhat uncomfortable” with LGBTQ people declined on average by 3 percent from 2014-2015 across all ages. However, the amount of those who felt uncomfy barely changed from 2015 to 2016.
The numbers appear a little bit worse when looking at the more specific situational discomfort with LGBTQ Americans.
According to the 2016 figures, nearly 30 percent of Americans feel uncomfortable when seeing a same-sex couple holding hands, and a whooping 34 percent of people are likely to be uncomfortable about learning that their children had a lesson in school on LGBTQ people.
To make things even worse, one out of every four people is likely to feel discomfort when seeing their LGBTQ co-worker’s wedding photo.
A wedding photo?
The study wasn’t all bad, however. And when we look at how those numbers have decreased over the years, you can’t deny that progress has definitely been made. Acceptance will only continue increasing, despite the Trump administration, and this is largely impart by millennials.
Millennials are 56 percent more likely to identify as LGBTQ than Generation X, and 12 percent of millennials identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. Hope is definitely in the future.