According to a new survey, young America’s are overwhelmingly in favour of LGBTQ rights when it comes to policies on employment, health care and adoption.
The GenForward survey of Americans ages 18-30 found that support for those policies have increased over the past two years, especially among young whites.
According to the findings, 92% of young adults support HIV and AIDs prevention, 90% support equal employment, and 80% support LGBTQ adoption.
Across racial and ethnic groups, broad majorities support training police on transgender issues, government support for organisations for LGBTQ youth and insurance coverage for transgender health issues.
Christie Cocklin, 27, a self-identified multiracial American from Providence, Rhode Island, says that LGBTQ rights are just common sense.
People who don’t identify as heterosexual are human like we are, and should be entitled to the same kind of rights. I have friends who are LGBT and I feel that it’s discrimination to not allow them adoption or employment or whatever.”
While young Americans favoured LGBTQ rights on every issue in the poll, only 6%, including fewer than 1 in 10 across racial and ethnic backgrounds, consider the LGBT rights one of the top issues facing the country.
Among those who self-identified as LGBTQ, 17% said it is one of the country’s top issues.
The poll of 1,940 adults age 18-30 was conducted July 9-20 using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. young adult population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
The survey was paid for by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago using grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.