New Poll Shows The Power Of Coming Out

Coming out truly does have power and it’s getting stronger than ever.

According to a poll that was released on Wednesday, a majority of Americans say they have a close family member or friend who is gay, which is a shift from the 1990s that analysts say helps explain the rapidly changing attitudes toward marriage equality.

According to the CNN/ORC International survey, the number of Americans who say someone close to them is gay stands at 60% today, compared to 49% back in 2010, the first time in CNN polling that a majority of Americans have expressed that. Most Americans in the 1990s said that they did not have a close relationship with a gay person. Now it’s looks like things are changing here in the decade.

Also found in the poll is that 54% of Americans say that same-sex marriages should be recognized by the law, with 42% opposed. Four years ago, the poll found that support for marriage equality stood at 44% in favor, with 53% opposed. Those numbers track other recent national polls, and likewise show that support breaks down sharply by political affiliation and age.

The power of coming out is changing the world now.

Roque Caston is a writer, blogger, and journalist who resides in New York City. He’s a college student majoring in Writing & Literature. He created the humor blog “Roque’s Reality” from 2009-2014. His writings has been featured in various digital and print publications such as True Fashionista Now, The Future Forward, Gayosphere, Floss Magazine, Juan& and Swerv Magazine.

  • It’s Cost Me A Lot, But There’s One Thing That I’ve Got…

    There is so much power and strength in numbers. Together we stand, divided we fall. We must remain solid and continue to come out and destroy the horrid stereotypes and ignorance held against our community. We have a right to live to and we will!