GLAAD Accelerating Acceptance study shows sharp increase in LGBTQ discrimination
GLAAD recently announced the findings of its eighth annual Accelerating Acceptance Study. The study found a sharp increase in LGBTQ Americans experiencing discrimination, particularly among queer people of color, transgender and nonbinary people and Gen Z LGBTQ Americans.
The Accelerating Acceptance Study was conducted online in February, 2022, among a national sample of 2,536 U.S. adults age 18 or over, using samples sourced by Cint (who has the world’s largest consumer network for digital survey-based research).
A significant majority of the LGBTQ community (70 percent) in the study say that discrimination has increased over the past two years. Subjects reported discrimination in their daily lives with family, in the workplace, on social media, in public accommodations, and in interactions with people at their children’s schools.
“GLAAD’s research findings are distressing, but not unforeseen,” GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said. “Legislation targeting LGBTQ people and youth, including censorship in classrooms, book bans, and bans on evidence-based healthcare and access to school sports, has ballooned since 2020 to nearly 250 bills introduced in statehouses across the nation.” GLAAD is the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization
“Misinformation and false rhetoric from anti-LGBTQ lawmakers has real life consequences and gives a permission slip to discriminate against LGBTQ people and target them,” said Ellis. “[It] has happened in Idaho with the arrests of white supremacists plotting to attack a Pride event, and the suspect in the mass murder of Black Americans in Buffalo targeting trans people in his ‘manifesto.”
The GLAAD report found more than half (54 percent) of transgender and nonbinary people feel unsafe walking in their own neighborhoods, compared to 36 percent of all LGBTQ adults. Additionally, LGBTQ people of color are 91 percent more likely to also experience discrimination based on their race or ethnicity.
2022 Gallup research found more Gen Z Americans are out as LGBTQ (20.8 percent) than any other generation. In GLAAD’s recent study, a majority (56 percent) of Gen Z LGBTQ people were found to be more fearful for their personal safety in 2022 than in the prior two years.
In previous years, respondents for the Accelerating Acceptance Study were asked about their comfortability with LGBTQ people across seven different scenarios: learning a family member is LGBTQ, learning their doctor is LGBTQ, having LGBTQ members at their place of worship, seeing a same-sex couple holding hands, seeing a gay/lesbian co-worker’s wedding picture, having their child placed in a class with a LGBTQ teacher, and learning their child has a lesson on LGBTQ history in school.
Year over year, levels of comfortability have remained relatively the same.
This year, 27 percent of non-LGBTQ respondents said that they are or would be ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ uncomfortable having LGBTQ members at their place of worship, 28 percent said that they are or would be ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ uncomfortable learning their doctor is LGBTQ, and 29 percent said that they are or would be ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ uncomfortable learning a family member is LGBTQ.
According to the legislative tracker Freedom for All Americans, at least 225 bills have been proposed in state legislatures across the country targeting LGBTQ people and youth access to healthcare, school sports, and LGBTQ and race-inclusive books and curriculum. GLAAD’s study found that the majority (79 percent) of LGBTQ people strongly support more federal legislative action to protect them as an LGBTQ person.
“Every LGBTQ person and ally must use this information to speak up and hold elected officials, news media, and social media platforms accountable to actions and rhetoric that make everyone less safe,” Ellis said. “GLAAD’s study proves a need for The Equality Act that would protect every LGBTQ American, protections supported by a vast majority of all Americans. The Senate must pass it immediately and secure the core value of treating people equally into law.”