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One Third of Americans Uncomfortable with LGBTQ Colleagues

Vadim Ghirda/AP
Vadim Ghirda/AP

GLAAD notes that Trump’s presidency could potentially lead to a decrease in LGBTQ acceptance. 

While the findings of the 2017 GLAAD "Accelerating Acceptance" Study represent significant progress across generations, it also reveals that many are still uncomfortable with the LGBTQ people they experience in their everyday lives.

Related | 20 Percent of Millennials Identify as LGBTQ

The survey was fielded in November 2016 among 2,037 adults ages 18 and older, including 1,708 adults who self-identified as heterosexual. Out of the non-LGBTQ population surveyed, 25% were uncomfortable seeing an LGBTQ co-worker's wedding picture, 27% were uncomfortable learning a family member is LGBTQ, 28% were uncomfortable learning their child's teacher is LGBTQ, 28% were uncomfortable learning their doctor is LGBTQ and 29% were uncomfortable seeing a same sex couple holding hands.

Straight people: lest you think the discomfort is one-sided, note that I am equally uncomfortable seeing your men in nothing-cut jeans holding hands with their bandage dress-clad girlfriends.

Though GLAAD notes that Trump's presidency could potentially lead to a decrease in LGBTQ acceptance, they also gathered that 63% of 18-34 year olds identify today as allies, which could help diminish the workplace discrimination their findings uncovered. Read GLAAD's full report, here.

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