Poll Shows Power of Coming Out

  • metta

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    Jun 07, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    Poll Shows Power of Coming Out


    "a majority of Americans say they have a close family member or friend who is gay, a shift from the 1990s that analysts say helps explain the rapidly changing attitudes toward marriage equality"

    " the number of Americans who say someone close to them is gay stands at 60% today, compared to 49% in 2010, the first time in CNN polling that a majority of Americans have expressed that. Most Americans in the 1990s said that they did not have a close relationship with a gay person."

    "Nearly two-thirds of those under 50 are in support, compared with 55% of those over 50 opposed."

    http://www.advocate.com/politics/marriage-equality/2012/06/06/poll-shows-power-coming-out

    http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2012/images/06/06/rel5e.pdf
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    Jun 07, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    First paragraph of the article:

    "A majority of Americans favor marriage equality, and most of them say that someone close to them is gay, a major change from the 1990s."

    This is what makes the difference. For those who are still closeted, please be aware that if/when you "reveal yourself" (ie. 'come out'), someone will accept you as you are. Then that person will start fighting for your rights.

    Even with anti-gay Romney potentially being the next Pres, if there's enough opposition to his anti-gay bullshit, he'll cave to the people's demands. That's democracy in action.

    So, if you're closeted, pay attention to this shit. The deeper in the closet you are, the worse you're making things for yourself. And remember, it only "gets better" if YOU make it better.

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    Jun 07, 2012 7:43 AM GMT
    Man I wish I were in USA...
  • TheBizMan

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    Jun 07, 2012 8:23 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidFirst paragraph of the article:

    "A majority of Americans favor marriage equality, and most of them say that someone close to them is gay, a major change from the 1990s."

    This is what makes the difference. For those who are still closeted, please be aware that if/when you "reveal yourself" (ie. 'come out'), someone will accept you as you are. Then that person will start fighting for your rights.

    Even with anti-gay Romney potentially being the next Pres, if there's enough opposition to his anti-gay bullshit, he'll cave to the people's demands. That's democracy in action.

    So, if you're closeted, pay attention to this shit. The deeper in the closet you are, the worse you're making things for yourself. And remember, it only "gets better" if YOU make it better.

    /soapbox icon_biggrin.gif


    Take me in your arms and coddle me. NOW! icon_cool.gif
  • a303guy

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    Jun 07, 2012 12:34 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidFirst paragraph of the article:

    "A majority of Americans favor marriage equality, and most of them say that someone close to them is gay, a major change from the 1990s."

    This is what makes the difference. For those who are still closeted, please be aware that if/when you "reveal yourself" (ie. 'come out'), someone will accept you as you are. Then that person will start fighting for your rights.

    Even with anti-gay Romney potentially being the next Pres, if there's enough opposition to his anti-gay bullshit, he'll cave to the people's demands. That's democracy in action.

    So, if you're closeted, pay attention to this shit. The deeper in the closet you are, the worse you're making things for yourself. And remember, it only "gets better" if YOU make it better.

    /soapbox icon_biggrin.gif


    thanks Paul! very good words, and true too. Now that I'm out to my fiercely republican parents, they're starting to see how hate and fear divide the country. I was so proud of my mother, who lives in NC - despite her deep political beliefs, she voted against Amendment 1 last month, and was so distraught when it passed. She's 82. proof that change can happen - even in our senior years.
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    Jun 07, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    MarkRoger saidMan I wish I were in USA...

    Except, the you would be living in the USA, and trust me, if you have ever walked the aisles of Walmart on a Saturday afternoon with the obese people that weight 800 pounds with children the size of Fiat 500 cars and baskets filled with sugar drinks and crap food, screaming at one another in a language that is both loud, abusive and filled with bits of food and saliva. Welcome to the real America.
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:05 PM GMT
    smartmoney said
    MarkRoger saidMan I wish I were in USA...

    Except, the you would be living in the USA, and trust me, if you have ever walked the aisles of Walmart on a Saturday afternoon with the obese people that weight 800 pounds with children the size of Fiat 500 cars and baskets filled with sugar drinks and crap food, screaming at one another in a language that is both loud, abusive and filled with bits of food and saliva. Welcome to the real America.
    People still shop at Wal-Mart?
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:08 PM GMT
    TheBizMan saidTake me in your arms and coddle me. NOW! icon_cool.gif
    *coddles*

    *gropes*

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 07, 2012 1:10 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidFirst paragraph of the article:

    "A majority of Americans favor marriage equality, and most of them say that someone close to them is gay, a major change from the 1990s."

    This is what makes the difference. For those who are still closeted, please be aware that if/when you "reveal yourself" (ie. 'come out'), someone will accept you as you are. Then that person will start fighting for your rights.

    Even with anti-gay Romney potentially being the next Pres, if there's enough opposition to his anti-gay bullshit, he'll cave to the people's demands. That's democracy in action.

    So, if you're closeted, pay attention to this shit. The deeper in the closet you are, the worse you're making things for yourself. And remember, it only "gets better" if YOU make it better.

    /soapbox icon_biggrin.gif



    Good point. Repetition breeds success. The reality years ago, was the majority of Americans HAD someone near them who was gay, they probably didn't know since it wasn't discussed. Glad we are moving in the right direction!
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    Jun 07, 2012 2:02 PM GMT
    Hopefully, this message will be heard by the many LGBT folks who still believe that there is no reason to reveal their sexuality to friends and family.

    If you are able to do so safely and without suffering real repercussions, it is always a good idea to make yourself known.