Americans complacent and ambivalent when it comes to LGBT rights

With the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide, 2015 was a banner year for LGBT rights in the United States. However, it’s possible that this major victory has created an environment of complacency and ambivalence when it comes to LGBT equality, according to a new report from GLAAD and Harris Poll.

According the survey, 50% of respondents somewhat or strongly agreed with the statement, “In the United States today, gay people have the same rights as everybody else.”  Even among self-professed allies, 43% think that LGBT Americans have completely equal rights.  This despite the fact that LGBT people can legally be fired or otherwise discriminated against in 29 states, just for being who they are.

Americans are also increasingly ambivalent about issues related to LGBT equality, which may make further forward progress difficult to achieve.  According to the poll, a solid third of respondents selected the option “neither agree nor disagree” when presented with a variety of questions regarding issues like LGBT representation in the media, political support, and whether same-sex couples make good parents.

Read the entire GLAAD/Harris Poll report

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