GLAAD's 'Accelerating Acceptance' Report Reveals Path Ahead For LGBT Issues

Surprising Number Of Americans Say They Still Aren't Comfortable Seeing Gay Couples Hold Hands
sunlight on hands of gay male couple spending leisure time together walking along the beach
sunlight on hands of gay male couple spending leisure time together walking along the beach

While there have been some impressive gains in the fight for marriage equality as of late, acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community remains a divisive topic nationwide, according to a new report.

Released Feb. 9, GLAAD's "Accelerating Acceptance" report found that 36 percent of respondents were still uncomfortable seeing a same-sex couple hold hands in public, while 34 percent said they would be uncomfortable attending a same-sex wedding.

Meanwhile, 43 percent said they would feel uncomfortable bringing their child to a same-sex wedding, and 32 percent said they would feel uncomfortable learning that a family member identified as LGBT.

Using research created by Harris Poll, the "Accelerating Acceptance" survey polled a total of 4,000 American citizens who identified as heterosexual.

GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement that the report was indicative of the fact that LGBT acceptance "will not come from legislation or judicial decisions alone, but from a deeper understanding and empathy from Americans themselves."

She added, "Accelerating acceptance will require the help of not just LGBT people, but also their allies — everyday Americans who feel strongly and take an active role to make sure that their LGBT friends and family are fully accepted members of society."

Take a look at the full "Accelerating Acceptance" report here.

The report follows GLAAD's "Where We Are On TV" report, the 2014 Network Responsibility Index and the Trans Images On TV report.

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