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HRC & GLAAD: Anti-Gay Group’s Racial Division Strategy Not Rooted in Reality

Despite NOM’s efforts to pit the African American and Latino communities against LGBT people, the numbers unfortunately don’t back up their strategy – not even a little bit.

NOM’s documents detail the anti-gay organization’s active interest in "fanning the hostility" (p.12) between the LGBT community and the Black and Latino communities. But in reality, 74 percent of Latinos and Hispanics support legal recognition for gay couples, while 50 percent of African Americans support marriage equality.

Support for the LGBT community extends beyond marriage equality. A 2010 Bendixen & Amandi International poll found that 83 percent of Latinos support housing and employment non-discrimination protections. A 2009 poll conducted by the Arcus Foundation found that 60 percent of African Americans support providing health care and pension benefits to LGBT couples.

Additional findings from 2010 Bendixen & Amandi International poll:

  • 74 percent of Latinos support marriage or similar legal recognitions for gay and lesbian couples
  • 80 percent of Latinos believe gay people often face discrimination
  • 83 percent of Latinos support housing and employment non-discrimination protections
  • 73 percent of Latinos support gays and lesbians serving openly in the military
  • 75 percent of Latinos support school policies to prevent harassment and bullying of students who are or are perceived to be gay
  • 68 percent of Latino Catholics believe being gay is morally acceptable and 69 percent of Latino Christians said that their religion is accepting of all people, including gay people

View more statistics and a document providing resources for conversations with Latinos and Hispanics on LGBT equality here: http://www.glaad.org/publications/talkingabout/lgbthispanics.

Additional findings from the 2008 Arcus Foundation poll:

  • 80 percent of African Americans support hate crimes protections
  • 77 percent of African Americans support protection against job discrimination
  • 74 percent of African Americans are in favor of anti-housing discrimination laws
  • 60 percent of African Americans support health care and pension benefits for unmarried couples
  • 54 percent of African American survey respondents support allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the military openly.

Read the full report: http://www.arcusfoundation.org/images/uploads/downloads/Messaging_to_African_American_Communities_Arcus_Belcher_Victoria_2009.pdf.  

The December 2008 Pulse of Equality poll by Harris Interactive found similar support for LGBT issues among Latinos: http://www.glaad.org/2008/12/03/the-pulse-of-equality/.

For more information, visit http://glaad.org/reality.

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