An analysis of survey results suggests that familiarity is closely linked to tolerance … Overall, those who say they have a family member or close friend who is gay are more than twice as likely to support gay marriage as those who don't—55 per cent to 25 per cent.This underscores what we were telling people way back in my activist days—if LGBT people would only come out, we said, their friends, family members and co-workers would know a real GLBT person, and it’s much harder to hate someone you know, especially someone you care about or love. So, this research only proves what we were saying way back then.
White evangelical Protestants were the least likely to have gay family or good friends at 31 per cent followed by Hispanic Catholics at 33 per cent.This is most likely the result of gay family members not coming out, and would also explain why liberal democrats and people in urban areas are more likely to know gay people than are Republicans and rural people.
So, for progress for GLBT people in America the advice is the same it’s been for a generation now: Come out, come out wherever you are. Either that or give up the fight and move to a country that’s more tolerant; there are many to choose from.