This is a looming danger for full LGBT equality

Jonathan Capehart | The Washington Post | January 20, 2016

An American flag and the gay pride flag fly in front of the Supreme Court. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)


Since before the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June, leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have warned that the fight for equality was far from over. Noted gay rights activist and radio host Michelangelo Signorile wrote a book on it. In “It’s not over: getting beyond tolerance, defeating homophobia, and winning true equality,” he urged LGBT Americans not to succumb to “victory blindness.” But a new poll shows that straight people are susceptible to it, too.

According to a new survey from Harris Poll commissioned by GLAAD, the nation’s LGBT media advocacy organization, “A growing complacency appears to be developing” among non-LGBT Americans. When asked if they agreed that “gay people have the same rights as everybody else” in the United States, 50 percent said yes. The poll will be released later this morning.

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