US: Attitudes to gays have changed

The Washington Post reveals that a new poll for GLAAD reveals a hardening of attitudes in America against the gay community.

For the first time since the survey began in 2014, non-LGBT Americans told pollsters that they’re less comfortable with their LGBT neighbors. And the number of LGBT survey respondents who told pollsters that they’d experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity jumped by 11 points.

For years, activists in America (and here) have hoped that by coming out, gay people can change attitudes. The poll suggests that tactic has stopped working.

But now, Gerzema noted, 80 percent of non-LGBT Americans say they know someone who is lesbian, gay or bisexual, and 20 percent of Americans know someone transgender. If they know LGBT people and are getting less comfortable with them anyway, we may have reached the end of exposure therapy as a political tactic.