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More Visibility Brings More Acceptance for LGBT Community

More Visibility Brings More Acceptance for LGBT Community

A recent CBS News nationwide telephone poll found that 77 percent of Americans know someone close to them who is gay or lesbian and most view the lifestyle in a positive light. This number has skyrocketed since the last poll, taken in 1992, which had only 56 percent of the responders confirming that they have a member of the LGBT community in their inner circle. 

A recent CBS News nationwide telephone poll found that 77 percent of Americans know someone close to them who is gay or lesbian and most view the lifestyle in a positive light.

This number has skyrocketed since the last poll, taken in 1992, which had only 56 percent of the responders confirming that they have a member of the LGBT community in their inner circle. 

The increase of visibility seems to be contributing to more optimistic views of gay and lesbian relationships.  Of the 1054 adults polled, six out of ten Americans confirmed that they had a close friend, work colleague or relative who is gay and more than half did not view homosexual relations between consenting adults as wrong.

Not surprising, most Americans under the age of 30 view LGBT relationships in a positive light while 65 percent disapprove.

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Leslie Dobbins