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Since 2015, GLAAD’s annual Accelerating Acceptance study has measured Americans’ attitudes and comfortability towards LGBTQ Americans, highlighting the progress we’ve made and the challenges that still need to be addressed in pursuit of full acceptance for the LGBTQ community...
The 2022 Accelerating Acceptance study clearly shows the destructive repercussions of inaccurate rhetoric and baseless legislation, and underscores the necessity of GLAAD’s crucial role in the ongoing fight for full LGBTQ equality and acceptance. The rise in discrimination in public, political, and private spheres makes it very clear that passing the Equality Act, legislation which will secure federal protections for the LGBTQ community in areas of life that have long remained vulnerable, has never been more critical.
GLAAD – the world’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization – increases media accountability and community engagement that ensures authentic LGBTQ stories are seen, heard, and actualized.
In August 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released public access data files for the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS), a national survey of high school students in public and private schools in the United States.
HRC Foundation analyzed data from these files and found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth are living in a state of crisis. Whether it is being bullied in school, poor mental health or substance use, LGBTQ teens experience marginalization from multiple angles.
The analysis shows that LGBTQ youth of color are often at even greater risk of experiencing these problems. Any actions taken to improve the well-being and success of LGBTQ youth must also consider the situations of youth who sit at these intersections and face multiple forms of oppression, bias and stigma, including those based on race, gender, age, religion, immigration status, ability and all marginalized identities.
The HRC Foundation’s Project THRIVE released an executive summary of the data that provides an overview of key findings based on analysis.
"In the LGBTQ+ community, we signify our pride with flags. With many different identities in the community, there comes many different flags to know. We have collected all of the flags and a guide to learn about all of the different colors of our community’s rainbow. We know that this may not be all of the flags that represent our community, but we will update the page as new flags become popular!"