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.