- Americans name Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres and RuPaul as the most influential LGBT+ people.
LGBT+ acceptance in the workplace has soared this year with eight in 10 Americans relaxed about the sexuality or gender identity of their colleagues.
Meanwhile 59% of Americans said LGBT+ people were important in their lives this year.
They ranked comedian Ellen DeGeneres and CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper as the joint most influential LGBT+ people. Meanwhile drag TV show host RuPaul came in third.
Those are some of the major findings of a new survey by market research company Propeller Insights for tech PR firm Bospar.
The researchers backed previous surveys that found most Americans support non-discrimination.
It comes in the same week that the US Supreme Court ruled employers can’t discriminate against their LGBT+ staff.
The survey found that 81% of Americans don’t care about their coworkers’ sexuality. Likewise, 80% don’t care about their colleagues’ gender expression.
That’s up by 20 points from last year. In 2019, 60% of Americans didn’t care about coworkers being LGBT+. And that in turn was up from 55% in 2018.
‘I never thought this day would come’
Moreover, 80% of Americans believe gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be equal to heterosexuals. Meanwhile 78% think that transgender citizens should be equal to cisgender people.
Bospar boss Curtis Sparrer said: ‘Growing up as a gay man in Texas, I remember seeing signs that read “no homo cops” and radio stations playing fictitious commercials for “Swish Beer,” so I never thought this day would come.
‘What I found so remarkable in our research is that acceptance is up in all age groups and across political parties.
‘I partly attribute that to more LGBTQ people being out than ever before. In fact, in the group of Americans who are 65-years-old and older, a majority of them know someone who is LGBTQ and believe these people should be equal to them.’
Meanwhile many Americans recognize that the struggle for equality continues for LGBT+ people.
The researched asked LGBT+ rights. The the most popular answer, for 48% of people, was ‘while things are better than ever before, there is still work to be done’.
However, the survey found ‘they won their rights, and we can now move on’ was the second most popular answer. Indeed, one in five Americans are tired of hearing about the LGBT+ community.
Meanwhile 4% predicted things would get worse for LGBT+ people and 8% said things are worse.
And, as the US debates the Black Lives Matter movement, people also admit that LGBT+ people can be victims of the police unfairly targeting minority groups.