Sexual Orientation Statistics For LGBT Pride Month

Sexual Orientation Statistics For LGBT Pride Month

What percentage of Americans today identify as LGBT? And does this percentage differ across age groups? Also, how many Americans currently support same-sex marriage? And just how much does support differ based on political party affiliation? In the video below, I’ve put together the answers to these questions—along with a few other important sexual orientation statistics—for LGBT Pride month.

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Americans’ Support for Same-Sex Marriage is at an All-Time High

Americans’ Support for Same-Sex Marriage is at an All-Time High

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic change in support for same-sex marriage in the United States. Consider this: in 2007, the Pew Research Center conducted a national poll, which found that just 37% of Americans were in favor, while 54% were opposed. By contrast, this year’s poll found quite the reversal: nearly two-thirds (62%) are now in favor, with 32% opposed. This all-time high comes just two years after the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. 

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In the Netherlands, Attitudes Toward Homosexuality Are More Mixed Than You Might Think

In the Netherlands, Attitudes Toward Homosexuality Are More Mixed Than You Might Think

The Netherlands is often seen as a utopia for people who are attracted to the same sex—and this view is perfectly understandable when you look at how homosexuality has historically been treated under the law. However, while homosexuality is something that has been accepted in the Netherlands far longer than in has in other parts of the world, this doesn’t mean that everyone in the Netherlands is accepting of sexual minorities or that sexual minorities here are immune from the effects of prejudice and discrimination.

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Americans’ Support for Same-Sex Marriage is at an All-Time High—Even Among Republicans

Americans’ Support for Same-Sex Marriage is at an All-Time High—Even Among Republicans

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic change in support for same-sex marriage in the United States. Consider this: in 2007, the Pew Research Center conducted a national poll, which found that just 37% of Americans were in favor, while 54% were opposed. By contrast, this year’s poll found quite the reversal: nearly two-thirds (62%) are now in favor, with 32% opposed. This all-time high comes just two years after the Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. 

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Same-Sex Marriage May Be Good For Gay, Lesbian, And Bisexual Health

Same-Sex Marriage May Be Good For Gay, Lesbian, And Bisexual Health

Several studies have found that when laws permitting same-sex marriage are passed, the health outcomes of sexual minorities in the local area seem to improve. This holds true for indicators of both physical and psychological well-being. Here's a review of the most provocative evidence to emerge so far supporting this idea:

First, a 2012 U.S. study found that, in the state of Massachusetts, there was a significant decrease in the number of visits made by gay and bisexual men to healthcare providers for both medical and mental health issues in the year after same-sex marriage was legalized in that state [1].

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Infographic: How Americans Feel About Homosexuality Today

Infographic: How Americans Feel About Homosexuality Today

Each year that he has been in office, U.S. President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month (see here for this year's proclamation). As you may well know, the history of LGBT Pride Month traces back several decades before Obama took office. In fact, it goes back nearly 50 years at this point! In the 1970s, gay pride parades began to pop up each June as a way of commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Riots. 

In light of this being LGBT Pride Month, all of this week's posts will focus on LGBT issues. To kick off the week, I thought it would be worth taking a look at Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality and same-sex marriage today and how they have changed in the last few years.

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Infographic: Same-Sex Marriage Around The World

Infographic: Same-Sex Marriage Around The World

People and governments across the globe have been working to legalize same-sex marriage for the last 15 years. At first, the rate of legalization was best described as a slow trickle; however, the movement has picked up steam recently. The infographic below offers a look at where things currently stand and highlights some of the important milestones along the way.

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Formally Banned In More Parts Of The U.S. Than Necrophilia

Same-Sex Marriage Is Formally Banned In More Parts Of The U.S. Than Necrophilia

Necrophilia (i.e., sexual attraction to corpses) is a prospect that makes most people uncomfortable. As a result, acting on necrophilic urges is something that I'm guessing most people would assume is prohibited by law in the United States. As it turns out, however, necrophilia is a topic on which most state legal codes are silent. In fact, as hard as this may be to believe, there is less legal regulation of necrophilia in the U.S. than there is of same-sex marriage! For example, consider that in 2013, Illinois became just the 23rd state to formally ban necrophilia! Check out the infographic below for the rest of the details. It would seem that our legislators are more riled up about the prospect of their citizens committing to a loving relationship with a partner of the same sex than they are about people jumping the bones of the dead.

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Good For Gay and Lesbian Health

Relationship scientists have known for decades that married people are healthier and live longer lives than their single counterparts.1 However, virtually all of the research conducted to date has focused exclusively on the health benefits associated with heterosexual marriage. Given that more and more countries have started extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, has there been any effect on the health of gays and lesbians? Two recent studies suggest that there have been some positive changes.
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