11 Facts About LGBT Life in America

  1. 42 percent of LGBT people report living in an unwelcoming environment.
  2. LGBT youth are 2x more likely than their peers to be assaulted, kicked, or shoved at school.
  3. Almost three quarters of LGBT youth say they are more honest about themselves on the Internet.
  4. 90 percent of LGBT teens have come out to their close friends.
  5. More than 75 percent of LGBT teens are positive that in the future, people will be more accepting of their sexuality.
  6. Young LGBT who are “out” to their immediate families report feeling happier than those who aren’t.
  7. While non-LGBT youths struggle most with school classes, exams, and work, their LGBT peers say the biggest problem they face is unaccepting families.
  8. As of May 2, 2013, 10 states in the U.S. have granted marriage equality including Rhode Island, New York, Washington, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Iowa, and Washington D.C.
  9. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which restricted lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in the military from openly serving was lifted in 2011. Transgenders are not permitted to serve openly yet.
  10. All but 5 states in the U.S. have some kind of law protecting hate crimes against the LGBT community.
  11. More than half of LGBT youth admit to being harassed with verbal slurs like “gay” and “fag.”

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Sources: Marriage Equality, HRC, Hate Crime Laws