ICYMI: New Data Shows Majority Support for LGBTQ+ Equality, Rejection of Anti-LGBTQ+ Agenda

by Brandon Wolf

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people

Majority believe that families and medical providers should make decisions regarding care for transgender youth, not politicians

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A strong majority of Americans across partisan divides support LGBTQ+ equality, according to polling data released this morning. In a series of survey questions conducted by the polling organization Navigator Research, nearly two-thirds of respondents indicated support for including sexual orientation and gender identity in federal nondiscrimination protections. That includes 58% of Independents, as well as 42% of Republicans polled.

The data also shows deep worry about politicians attacking LGBTQ+ people, with 79% of respondents saying they are concerned that gay and transgender youth are being bullied and targeted, sometimes leading to suicide. And while anti-equality politicians across the country continue to try to strip people of their freedoms, the survey finds that Americans are soundly rejecting the anti-transgender agenda: 61% said that they could not support candidates who want to ban health care for transgender people, including 59% of independents and 41% of Republicans.

Geoff Wetrosky, HRC’s Vice President of National Campaigns, issued the following statement:

“We know this to be true: equality is a winning issue with overwhelming support. Over and over, the American people have made clear that they are fed up with MAGA bullies’ obsession with making life harder for LGBTQ+ Americans. People want to know that their families will be taken care of, that their children will be safe, and that everyone will be afforded the freedom to thrive. The anti-LGBTQ+ agenda is a political loser that is putting people in harm’s way. It’s on all of us to mobilize the pro-equality majority to reject MAGA bullies and chart a path toward freedom and equality for all.”

Key Toplines:

  • Nearly two-in-three Americans support federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people, including 58% of independents and 42% of Republicans.

  • 61% say they will not support candidates who want to ban health care for transgender people, including 59% of independents and 41% of Republicans.

  • 70% say they are concerned that politicians are attacking gay and transgender youth to divide us, maintain their political power and control, and score political points, a clear indication that the American people see through the MAGA anti-LGBTQ+ agenda.

  • A majority of Americans agree that parents, mental health professionals, and doctors are best equipped to decide the kind of care a child needs, not politicians.

See the full results here.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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