FEWER MILLENNIALS ACCEPTING OF LGBTQ PEOPLE, STUDY FINDS

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06/24/2019

Young people are often assumed to be progressive, especially when it comes to gay rights. But a new study reveals that acceptance of the LGBTQ community by adults 18 to 34 is falling. A new Harris Poll commissioned by GLAAD found that 36 percent of respondents in that demographic reported they’d be “very” or “somewhat” uncomfortable learning a family member was LGBTQ. That’s up from 29 percent who said the same in 2018. According to the 2019 Accelerating Acceptance Index, 39 percent would be unsettled by their child learning about LGBTQ history in school, compared to just 30 percent in 2018. And finding out their doctor was LGBTQ made a third (34 percent) uncomfortable—an uptick from 27 percent last year. “The younger generation has traditionally been thought of as a beacon of progressive values,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “We have taken that idea for granted.”

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