As the Supreme Court readies its long-awaited ruling on same-sex marriage, two Pew Research Center surveys this spring — one of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults and the other of the American public — found a common thread: that society as a whole has become more accepting of gays and lesbians. That finding has its caveats. On the part of the general public, opposition to same-sex marriage remains substantial, and religious beliefs are a major factor. The surveys do not offer a perfect comparison.
Protecting Basic Living Standards for LGBTQ People - Center for American Progress
People who are lesbian, gay or bisexual come in as many different shapes, colors and sizes as do people who are heterosexual. Many lesbian, gay and bisexual people have early heterosexual experiences, but are still lesbian, gay or bisexual; many avowed heterosexuals have had sexual contact with members of their own sex, but are still heterosexual. Many lesbian, gay and bisexual people know that they are attracted to members of their own sex at an early age, sometimes as young as 6 or 7 years old. Others learn much later in life, in their 30's, 40's or 50's.
How LGBT adults see society and how the public sees them
To hear it as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia would have it, gays are a privileged set, living it up in cities across the country. As the justice wrote in his dissent to Romer v. In reality, gay Americans face disproportionately greater economic challenges than their straight counterparts.
A transgender father holds his 1-year-old daughter on her birthday, March , in Michigan. I have over 20 years of experience in my field, yet I cannot even land a part-time retail position. Transgender Survey 1.