February 13, 2020

President Trump would have no problem voting for a gay candidate for president, he told Fox News' Geraldo Rivera on Thursday.

Rivera interviewed Trump for his podcast, Roadkill With Geraldo, and asked if he believes Americans would vote for a gay man to be president. One of the Democrats in the running this year is Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

"I think so," Trump responded. "I think there would be some that wouldn't, and I wouldn't be among that group, to be honest with you. I think that it doesn't seem to be hurting Pete Buttigieg. But there would certainly be a group that probably wouldn't. But you and I would not be in that group."

A Gallup poll released last year found that 76 percent of Americans would vote for a gay or lesbian presidential candidate, NBC News reports. This was a major shift from a few decades ago; in 1978, only 26 percent of respondents told Gallup they would vote for a gay or lesbian candidate. Catherine Garcia

June 10, 2019

In an interview with Out, one fifth of Queer Eye's "Fab Five" revealed that he is not, in fact, a gay man.

Jonathan Van Ness, the Netflix show's grooming expert, told Out, "I'm nonbinary — I'm gender nonconforming," explaining that he doesn't identify solely with masculinity. "I feel like my feminine identity is what makes me the strongest," he said, listing idols like Shania Twain, Celine Dion, and Aretha Franklin.

Asked about identifying with the label "nonbinary," Van Ness clarified that his identity is nothing new. While he grew up "wearing heels and wearing makeup and wearing skirts," he "just didn't know what the name was."

Van Ness also discussed his partnership with nail polish brand Essie for Pride month. "Any opportunity I have to break down stereotypes of the binary, I am down for it, I'm here for it," he said, speaking about partnering with a brand marketed mostly towards women. As for what the rest of us can do to celebrate Pride, Van Ness recommended a healthy dose of activism: "We really need to get this Equality Act passed."

Read the full interview at Out. Shivani Ishwar

May 30, 2019

A new study concluded that LGBTQ workers are worried that coming out at work may hurt their career, CBS News reported.

The study, released by the employment website Glassdoor on Thursday, surveyed LGBTQ members of the workforce "in advance of Pride Month in June," said CBS News. It found that about 4 in 10 of those surveyed were not fully "out" at work. Almost half of the survey participants felt that their career prospects, including their ability to get a promotion or their security against being fired, would be weakened by their being out in the workplace.

LGBTQ people aren't legally protected against workplace discrimination in 26 states, Glassdoor added, and many of the survey's respondents felt that their employers should make up for that lack of protection by having more openly LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies. They want "policies that show support for their community, such as extending the same benefits to LGBTQ workers as to straight employees, like parental leave," said Scott Dobroski, senior director of communications at Glassdoor.

Being "out" at the workplace has been shown in earlier studies to have a positive effect on LGBTQ employees' productivity and morale, so these findings are a "wake-up call," Dobroski said. Read more at CBS News. Shivani Ishwar

April 2, 2019

Children of lesbian parents are less likely to identify as heterosexual than children of straight couples, a new study has found.

After surveying 76 people in their mid-20s who were raised by lesbian parents, and comparing the results to a similar set of people raised by straight parents, research from the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law has discovered that the children of lesbian parents are "significantly more likely to report same-sex attraction, sexual minority identity, and same-sex experience."

The Williams Institute study used data provided by the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), the "longest-running and largest" study of "lesbian mothers and their children" in the U.S., which has been collecting data on the lives and families of American lesbians since 1986, NBC News reported.

The study found that while 88 percent of women and 98 percent of men raised by straight couples identified as "heterosexual or straight," among the children of lesbian parents, only 70 percent of women and 90 percent of men identified that way.

To be clear, the study has not found that the sexuality of one's parents, any more than genetics or hormones, is the "one factor that is a single determinant" in a person's sexuality, explained Nanette Gartrell, lead author of the Williams Institute's study and principal researcher at the NLLFS. She added that children of non-straight parents might have "more expansive perspectives on sexuality," which could explain the difference.

Read more about this study at NBC News. Shivani Ishwar

May 22, 2018

The number of Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender has risen once again. Last year, 4.5 percent of adults surveyed by Gallup said they identified as LGBT, up from 4.1 percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent in 2012. That translates to more than 11 million Americans.

The survey found that the increase has been happening most rapidly among millennials, while the share of LGBT individuals in older generations has remained nearly steady. While 8.1 percent of millennials identified as LGBT last year, just 2.4 percent of baby boomers did. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of LGBT millennials went up by nearly a full percentage point, the biggest increase ever tracked by Gallup.

More women identify as LGBT than men, with 5.1 percent of women and 3.9 percent of men self-identifying as such. The survey also found larger upticks among Hispanic respondents, while white respondents were least likely to identify as LGBT.

The study surveyed 340,604 U.S. adults reached by phone between Jan. 2 and Dec. 30, 2017. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 0.1 percentage point. See more results at Gallup. Summer Meza

October 5, 2017

For the first time, the Pew Research Center found that the majority of Republicans say homosexuality should be accepted, a new study published Thursday shows.

Democrats still overwhelmingly believe "homosexuality should be accepted by society," with 83 percent agreeing, although 54 percent of Republicans now feel the same. "Ten years ago, just 35 percent of Republicans held this view," Pew writes, "little different than the 38 percent who said this in 1994."

Echoing that point, HuffPost senior politics reporter Jennifer Bendery recalled meeting a Republican in Wyoming who told her: "I was dead set against gay people … I was probably scared, and that completely changed. To hell with it."

Overall, 7 in 10 Americans now believe homosexuality is not something that should be discouraged by society. Learn more about the demographic differences below, and read the full report at Pew. Jeva Lange

June 23, 2017

The heads of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps will seek a six-month review period before letting transgender people enlist in their respective branches, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended a ban on transgender service members last fall, although the military chiefs had until July 1 to decide on how policies around new transgender members would be implemented. "Officials said Friday that the chiefs believe the extra half-year would give the four military services time to gauge if currently serving transgender troops are facing problems and what necessary changes the military bases might have to make," AP writes. Three of the four services actually requested even more time, with the Army and Air Force specifically preferring two additional years to review possible concerns.

The Associated Press notes that "key concerns are whether currently enlisted troops have had medical or other issues that cause delays or problems with their ability to deploy or meet physical or other standards for their jobs. Military leaders also want to review how transgender troops are treated, if they're discriminated against, or have had disciplinary problems."

Although government numbers aren't public, a recent RAND study determined there are somewhere between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in active duty and between 1,500 and 4,000 in reserves. Defense Secretary James Mattis will make the final decision about the potential delay. Jeva Lange

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