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Survey: 83% of
self-identified gays are out

Survey: 83% of
self-identified gays are out

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As gays and lesbians celebrate another National Coming Out Day on Wednesday, a new survey reports that 83% of respondents who self-identify as gay or lesbian consider themselves out. The survey also showed that seven out of 10 straight adults say they know someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

As gays and lesbians celebrate another National Coming Out Day on Wednesday, a new survey reports seven out of 10 straight adults in the United States say they know someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. The nationwide online survey of 2,932 U.S. adults also found that 83% of those who self-identify as gay or lesbian consider themselves out.

When LGBT respondents were asked if they considered themselves open about their sexual orientation, 92% said they are out to their close friends, and 78% said they are out to their parents. A majority also indicated they are out to other people in their lives, including grandparents, cousins, acquaintances and casual friends, and coworkers and colleagues.

"If seven out of 10 heterosexuals know someone who is GLBT, then many gays and lesbians are making their identity apparent as a natural part of their lives--just like their age, height, hair color, or personality," said Mark Shields, director of the Human Rights Campaign's National Coming Out Project. "For most people, coming out or opening up to someone starts with a conversation. And for those interested in fostering strong, deep relationships with their friends and family, living openly often allows for closer relationships with the people they care about most."

Still, more than half of those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender said that concern about being the victim of a hate crime remains a deterrent to coming out. Other concerns that LGBT adults cite as to why a person might not come out include rejection by their families and friends and the threat of losing their jobs.

The survey was conducted September 7-14 by Harris Interactive, a worldwide market research and consulting firm, in conjunction with Witeck-Combs Communications Inc., a strategic public relations and marketing communications firm with special expertise in the LGBT market. (The Advocate)

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