The Washington Times - June 14, 2013, 08:18AM

A new poll shows about nine in 10 American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade.

The Pew Research Center says the “overwhelming share,” or 92 percent, of respondents attributed the change to high-profile advocacy from public figures, from people who interact with someone who is LGBT and from LGBT adults raising families.


However, nearly 40 percent of the respondents said they’ve been rejected by a family member or close friend because of their sexual orientation, 30 percent said they’ve been physically attacked or threatened, 29 percent said they’ve been made to feel unwelcome in a place of worship and 21 percent said they’ve been treated unfairly by an employer, Pew stated.

About six in 10 said they’re been the target of slurs and jokes, the poll found.

The poll also reported that many struggle with telling their parents about their LGBT status, with 56 percent saying they’ve told their mother about their sexual orientation or gender identity and 39 percent saying they’ve told their father.

In general, gay men said they reached the various milestones earlier than lesbians and bisexuals, according to Pew.