A Giant Step Forward on the Road to Equality, but Still Progress to be Made

Monday, July 25th, 2011

A recent national survey of 900 adults shows a nation moving inexorably toward equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. On basic civil rights issues such as employment and housing, huge majorities support protections for this community. Moreover, a majority of Americans support marriage for same-sex couples, a sea of change from just a few years ago. Perhaps most notable is the rising social equality for LGBT people. A 77 percent majority of men say they “could be close friends with a gay man” and 57 percent say it would not bother them if their child or grandchild was gay.