According to a survey released last
month, young people in America overwhelmingly support LGBT rights.
Pollsters at GenForward asked 1,940
adults under 30 about policies on employment, health care and
Ninety percent of respondents support
equal employment rights for LGBT individuals. Support among young
whites was even higher at 92 percent, a 12 percent increase since
2004. Ninety-two percent support HIV and AIDS prevention efforts,
while 80 percent support LGBT adoption.
Young people also favor health
insurance coverage for transgender health issues in general. Support
was highest among Asian Americans (83%), followed by Latinos (74%).
Support decreased when young people were provided examples of
transgender health issues, with the lowest support at 57 percent
among African Americans and Latinos.
“People who don't identify as
heterosexual are human like we are, and should be entitled to the
same kind of rights,” said
Christie Cocklin, a 27-year-old from Providence, Rhode Island.
The poll was conducted by the Black
Youth Project at the University of Chicago with the Associated
Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.