A new study reveals how gay men see themselves and their communities


The Washington Post
By Alyssa Rosenberg
September 23, 2015

It seemed like a turning point for gay rights when, earlier this month, 74 percent of respondents in a national poll said that legal rights should trump private religious beliefs, and 63 percent said that Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, should have to fulfill the obligations of her job. But for all the changing sentiments reflected in its findings, the poll itself was part of a long tradition of asking the population at large how they feel about gay people and the rights and protections available to them.

In an illuminating and strikingly different survey, Logo — the Viacom Media network aimed at gay audiences — polled 1,061 gay men between ages 18 and 49, asking them how they saw themselves and their communities and following up with smaller groups in a number of cities. The survey is the first in a series of surveys of different LGBT communities that Logo plans to conduct. And it provides a fascinating look at how a rising generation of gay men feels about gay history, the role of the Internet and some of the biggest internal challenges facing gay communities. (An early look at the survey results was provided to The Washington Post.)

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