Survey: Support for LGBT Rights on the Rise
The Human Rights Campaign released a poll Monday that showed a major groundswell of support for the LGBT community across the country.
The Advocate reports that the general population is more progressive than elected officials in areas like the South and Midwest that by-and-large do not have protections for LGBT people. For example, 73 percent of repsondents in the South say they support employment protections for LGBT people, even though most states there lack such laws.
HRC spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz says the poll shows that there is support nationwide for progress on a variety of LGBT rights issues.
COLE-SCHWARTZ: The American public supports basic fairness and unfortunately our laws have not yet caught up with that reality.
But Cole-Schwartz says the poll conducted for HRC by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research asked a number of questions about non-political issues. It found a very high response rate of people who said they would be comfortable having friends who identify as part of the LGBT community. He says this is an important sign of progress of LGBT acceptance.
To help nudge that acceptance along, HRC is also launching a 17-city bus tour throughout the summer and fall that will target states with the least protections for LGBT people. Cole-Schwartz says the tour aims to narrow the gap between where people stand on the issues and how governments act in terms of policy. He says he hopes the tour will result in better protections for LGBT people around the country.