Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-01-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


  WINDY CITY TIMES

Study: Public support for LGBT rights up in last three decades
From a Williams Institute press release
2014-11-24

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Findings suggest that increase in public support comes from people of all ages, not just younger generation

LOS ANGELES— Public support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ( LGBT ) people in the United States has increased significantly over the last three decades, according to a new study released today by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. National trends suggest that increased support for LGBT rights is not exclusively due to a generational shift, but due, in part, to a broad cultural shift towards acceptance that has impacted people of all ages and ideologies in the country.

"This report allows us to examine public opinion trends on LGBT rights issues over time and analyze what factors are contributing to the change in public opinion," said lead author, Andrew R. Flores, Williams Public Opinion Project Director. "The popular narrative has been that change in public support for LGBT rights has come from a generational shift taking place in our country, but the analysis tells us that it's not exclusively the younger generation that is more supportive of LGBT rights, but people of all ages as well."

Over 325 national surveys dating back to June 1977 were analyzed that ask the public their opinions on five issues including: general attitudes toward LGBT people, legality of same-sex relations, legal recognition of marriages for same-sex couples, extension of adoption rights to same-sex couples, inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in non-discrimination policies, and support for open military service. In addition, the report explores whether attitude change is primarily driven by inter-generational cohort change or other factors.

Key findings in the report include:

Public support for lesbians and gay men has doubled in the past three decades, more so than public support for any other group surveyed about over the same time period.

While support for marriage equality was static from the 1980s to the early 2000s, it has more than doubled since then. It is most likely that people are changing their minds on the issue of marriage equality as opposed to generational change.

A majority of the public supports adoption rights for same-sex couples and support has more than doubled since 1992. Support currently stands around 63 percent.

Although a national non-discrimination law has yet to be passed and twenty-nine states do not have non-discrimination laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity, 72 percent of the public support laws protecting lesbians and gay men from job discrimination and 75 percent support laws protecting transgender people from job discrimination.

About 48,500 LGB people are actively serving in the military and reserve. Public support for open military service for lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals has increased from about 50% in 1993 to about 70% in 2012.

Public opinion data on all five issues was not always available for transgender people and bisexual people. The few surveys that do ask about support for transgender and bisexual people indicate that support has increased over time, but not at the same rate as for lesbians and gay men.

The full report entitled, "National Trends in Public Opinion on LGBT Rights in the United States," is available at the link: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/POP-natl-trends-nov-2014.pdf .

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates its work through a variety of education programs and media to judges, legislators, lawyers, other policymakers, and the public. For more information go to: williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Chicago's Women's March announces new rally site and march route 2017-01-19 - CHICAGO, IL ( Jan. 19, 2017 ) — The expected number of attendees for the Women's March on Chicago continues to grow exponentially. ...


Gay News

A Love Supreme wedding celebration April 9 2017-01-19 - ( CHICAGO, IL; January 19, 2016 ): In the largest wedding celebration in the history of the hotel and the building that houses ...


Gay News

175 mayors from 42 states launch coalition for LGBT protections 2017-01-18 - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, in advance of the upcoming inauguration, 175 mayors across the country from cities large and small announced "Mayors Against ...


Gay News

EEOC report on charges of work discrimination details LGBT cases 2017-01-18 - WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) today released detailed breakdowns for the 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination the ...


Gay News

No Human is Illegal, Take These Precautions Now 2017-01-18 - How can LGBTQ people with immigrant status protect themselves in the current political Climate? At the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance ( ...


Gay News

Activists want to quash Uptown TIF subsidy 2017-01-18 - Lawyers for activists who last year filed an Open Meetings Act lawsuit against the Chicago City Council, have moved for the court to ...


Gay News

Torres to work with Howard Brown 2017-01-18 - Crispin Torres is moving from Lambda Legal to Howard Brown Health. Torres, the community educator at Lambda Legal's Midwest Regional Office, will start ...


Gay News

Poll: 10M LGBTQs reside in U.S. 2017-01-18 - The portion of adults identifying as LGBTQ increased to 4.1 percent in 2016, from 3.5 percent in 2012, according to Gallup.com. This translates ...


Gay News

Judge: Secular celebrants can officiate marriages 2017-01-18 - A federal judge, on Jan. 4, ruled that certified secular celebrants are authorized to perform marriages in Illinois. Secular celebrants are trained by ...


Gay News

President Obama Grants Commutation to Chelsea Manning 2017-01-17 - WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced today the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence for disclosing classified information that raised public awareness regarding the ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.