By David M. Frost, Ilan Meyer, and Sharon Schwartz
Gay and bisexual men tend to rely on other gay and bisexual men for major needs, whereas heterosexuals, lesbians and bisexual women rely more on family, according to a new report published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. The study differentiated between support for major needs – such as borrowing a large sum of money or help when one is sick – and everyday needs – such as small favors, social activities, help with small chores or discussing worries. For everyday needs, all groups relied more on others, like friends and coworkers, rather than family or their partners. LGB people relied primarily on other LGB people of the same race or ethnicity as themselves. Patterns were similar across all racial and ethnic groups.
Backlash, Consensus, Legitimacy, or Polarization: The Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Policy on Mass Attitudes
By Andrew R. Flores and Scott Barclay
In the last 10 years, public support for marriage for same-sex couples has increased across the United States. But the most dramatic drop in anti-gay attitudes occurred in states that legalized marriage equality – in fact, 47% of residents who initially were opposed changed their minds. That’s almost double the percentage seen in states where marriage equality was not legal. In those states, 24% of residents who were initially opposed changed their minds. The findings are discussed in a report co-authored by Public Opinion and Policy Analyst Andrew R. Flores and published in Political Research Quarterly.
By Angeliki Kastanis
While LGBT people in California appear to be doing better than LGBT people nationwide, there is as much disparity within the state as throughout the rest of the United States. This report and data interactive explores disparities in the socioeconomic well-being of LGBT people throughout California, using data from the 2010 U.S. Census and the 2012-2014 Gallup Daily Tracking Survey. These regional patterns mirror those for non-LGBT people, which suggests that broader demographic factors also play an important role in LGBT vulnerability.