Study: Majority of US Latinos accepting of gay people

Edmund Broch April 6, 2012
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A study released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center has found that 59 per cent of US Latinos think that society should be accepting of homosexuality, while this figure climbs nine per cent higher with second generation Hispanics.

The findings of the study correlates well with that of the US at large, where younger generations are more accepting of sexual diversity than the older generations. 69 per cent of 18-29 year-olds, and 60 per cent of 30-49 year-olds have said that homosexuality should be accepted by society.

Another interesting finding of the study is that where the Latinos were born also correlated with levels of acceptance. While 53 per cent of immigrant Hispanics had inclusive feelings about sexual minorities, 68 per cent of second generation Latinos felt the same way. With immigration from Latin American countries declining, and native-born Hispanic population on the rise, it would seem, the study suggests, that the ethnic group will move with the rest of the US in becoming more inclusive of LGBT people.

All of which might disappoint the National Organization of Marriage (NOM), of which, it was revealed a week ago that it sought to “drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key Democratic constituencies,” and use “glamorous, young Latinos and Latinas, especially artists, actors, musicians, athletes, writers and other celebrities willing to stand up for marriage.”

More: Americas, Gay rights, hispanic, latino, NOM, US

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