- 52% of Americans believe that 25% of the population is gay.
- GLAAD reported that the 2010-11 TV season had a record high of 3.7% of characters as gay.
- The 2010 Census doesn’t count people by sexual orientation.
- The Williams Institute estimates there are 8 million LGBT Americans, or approx. 3.5% of the population.
We are citizens of the world. Whether we have a personal connectedness to a news story or not, an event or action that impacts socity in an important way means that we're all affected.
This is especially true when the story may not have personal significance. In August 1991 Boris Yeltsin lead a coup, taking over Russia and ultimately dissolving the Soviet Union. The revised constitution he championed legalized homosexuality, making Russia freer than the U.S. (until the U.S. Supreme Court threw out sodomy laws in 2003). 15 years later Russia has reverted to pre-Glasnost days, reminiscent of Cold War times. This story impacts more than gays. It impacts foreign policy, economics, and a range of other issues.
A state government has legislated speech in schools. The same state has usurped local governmental control. We may not all live in Tennessee but these actions will reverberate throughout society.