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6/6/11 7:36 P

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Yes... but I wonder if the perception that 25% of people are LGBT also works the other way -- as in, makes people who are homophobic feel way more threatened by the "encroaching threat" (big quotations there!) of gay marriage.

Visibility is awesome, but just wanted to raise this point.

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6/4/11 2:54 A

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When I am with a large group of LGBT friends, with a smattering of hets, I like to look around the table and say, "One in ten, my *ss!"

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6/4/11 12:06 A

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Doesn't surprise me at all.

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6/3/11 11:20 P

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TVshows and talk show interviews have helped to increase our visibility. This in turn, makes it possible for more and more of us to come out to friends and family.
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6/3/11 6:48 P

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www.gallup.com/poll/147824/Adults-Es
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Some strange and interesting figures here from the pollsters at Gallup. From the Implications section:

"Americans perceive that there is a large U.S. gay population -- one far larger than is likely reality. Perhaps more informative than the exact figure Americans give is the trend that more Americans now than in 2002 feel they have enough information to offer an estimate. This suggests Americans have had even more exposure to gays and lesbians, be it in their personal lives or through entertainment or other means. It is also noteworthy that demographics appear in most cases to be more predictive of views in this matter than are political or ideological leanings. This suggests Americans' estimates are based more on who they are -- and perhaps whom they know -- than on their worldview. Gallup also previously found those who personally know someone gay or lesbian to be more accepting on related issues. Combined with Americans' record support for legal gay relations and same-sex marriage, it is clear that America's gay population -- no matter the size -- is becoming a larger part of America's mainstream consciousness."

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