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The Vast Majority Of Americans Want To Protect LGBTQ+ Rights

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2017 marks the first year in over a decade that the serving U.S. president has not acknowledged Pride Month. Many transgender students have lost Obama-era protections to use the public restroom that matches their gender identity, and the Trump administration is attempting to ban the trans community from serving in the military altogether.

It feels for many like the U.S. is sweeping marginalized groups to the wayside and ignoring the basic human rights of the LGBTQ+ community. It can be difficult to stay optimistic in the midst of a government that does not value and protect marginalized voices, but the current administration does not reflect the United States as a whole, at least if a recent study is to be believed.

A new report from the Public Religion Research Institute reveals some heartening statistics about Americans’ evolving opinions on LGBTQ+ rights.

72 percent of Americans are in favor of laws that protect the LGBT community from discrimination in jobs and accommodation, PRRI reports. 66 percent are in favor of gay marriage, with 81 percent of young adults in support. (More than half of those young adults “strongly” support gay/lesbian marriage.)

Furthermore, a majority of Americans oppose allowing small business owners to refuse services to gay and lesbian people for any reason, religious or otherwise. Oh, and that transgender military ban? 64 percent of the public favors allowing the transgender community to serve.

With time, these statistics will rise even higher. A decade ago only 46 percent of Americans supported gay marriage, and that figure has been rising with each passing year, especially with the influence of younger generations.

The current administration may not respect LGBTQ+ rights, but most Americans do.

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