Fact Tank Jun. 14, 2013

Ellen DeGeneres is the most visible gay or lesbian public figure in America

More than anyone else, Ellen DeGeneres is the face of LGBT America. Still. That’s the verdict of two new Pew Research Center surveys, one of the general U.S. population and the other of LGBT Americans specifically. Not only was the comedian and television host by far the most frequently cited example of a gay or […]

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2013

LGBT Americans in changing times: Tell us your story

Our first survey of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community examines their attitudes, experiences and values in today’s changing times. The survey found 92% of LGBT adults saw a society that had become more accepting of them in the last decade. But about half said they still experienced discrimination. These are some of the […]

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Jun. 13, 2013

Personal Milestones in the Coming Out Experience

The Pew Research Center’s survey of 1,197 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults asked respondents about three key points in their coming out journey. The distribution of survey responses for each key point, along with medians, is shown in these charts.

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Jun. 13, 2013

LGBT Voices: The Coming Out Experience

Browse hundreds of quotes from LGBT adults describing how the process of telling people about their sexual orientation or gender identity was for them personally.

Jun. 13, 2013

LGBT Americans

A new nationally-representative survey of 1,197 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults finds that the overwhelming share say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade, but about half say there is still a lot of discrimination.

Fact Tank Jun. 13, 2013

How Pew Research conducted its national LGBT community survey

Why did Pew Research decide to conduct an LGBT-specific survey? We know from our surveys of the general public that there’s been a sharp increase in support for same-sex marriage and in societal acceptance of homosexuality over the past decade. Of course, we’re on the cusp of an important historical and cultural moment with the […]

Pew Research Center Jun. 13, 2013

LGBT Voices: The Coming Out Experience

In the Pew Research Center’s survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, we asked respondents to describe how the process of telling people about their sexual orientation/gender identity has been for them personally.

Fact Tank Jun. 12, 2013

Americans less accepting of homosexuality than other westerners – religion may be one reason

In recent years, same-sex marriage has been legalized in some parts of the United States and in 15 countries worldwide, in part because of the public’s changing views about the subject and because of increasing acceptance of homosexuality. But these shifts aren’t universal. When the Pew Research Center surveyed the publics in 39 countries this […]

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Pew Research Center Jun. 12, 2013

Less Acceptance of Homosexuality in More Religious Countries

Explore the relationship between a country’s acceptance of homosexuality and its religiosity in this interactive.

Pew Research Center Jun. 11, 2013

Gay Marriage: Key Data Points from Pew Research

The rise in support for same-sex marriage over the past decade is among the largest changes in opinion on any policy issue over this time period.