Analysis released of over 100 research reports and surveys on LGBTQ community
GritoBlast! — Pulling from over 100 individual publications, reports and surveys compiled from more than 50 leading researchers on LGBTQ issues, Our Tomorrow — a campaign to engage LGBTQ people in a national conversation about their future — released an analysis exploring the lifecycle of LGBTQ people, as well as infographics showing both the hopes and fears and the diversity of the community.
“The Our Tomorrow campaign was launched in order for our entire community to have the opportunity to share their hopes, fears and ideas for the future,” said Lee Swislow, Our Tomorrow’s campaign manager. “As we move forward from this pivotal moment in our movement, it’s incredibly important we fully understand who LGBTQ people are and what unique challenges and opportunities each of us face.”
Those issues, and many more, are part of the analysis which includes an interactive timeline, “A Look at Our Lives: From Childhood through the Golden Years”, examining the lifecycle of an LGBTQ person and taking a deep-dive into the unique challenges and opportunities faced in different stages of life.
Growing Up: Childhood & Adolescence – “In the 1980’s, 21 was the average age of coming out. Today, it’s 16.”
Going to Work – “1 in 4 LGBTQ people report hearing overtly anti-LGBTQ jokes in the workplace.”
Finding Housing – “32% of LGBTQ people own their own homes, compared to 65% of their peers.”
Raising Families – “51% of LGBT adults either have children or would like to have children some day.”
Aging – “LGBTQ seniors represent a growing population. In 2011, nearly 10% of LGBTQ couples included at least one senior aged 65 or older. In 2005, that number was just 7.5%.”
In addition to the lifecycle, the analysis released also includes two infographics about the LGBTQ community, including:
“Our Hopes and Fears” – an infographic showing the hopes and fears of the LGBTQ community based on existing public opinion research analyzed by Our Tomorrow’s researchers.
“The Diversity of the LGBTQ Community” – an infographic showing the diversity of the LGBTQ community across the country, including an interactive map of the number of same-sex couples living in every county across the United States that allows users to search to find their own home county.
The Our Tomorrow campaign was launched in May by over 100 national, state and local LGBTQ organizations.
Our Tomorrow’s digital hub offers LGBTQ individuals and friends the opportunity to take part in an open-ended conversation about their future. Additionally, in conjunction with the launch, Our Tomorrow also released a campaign video, “Share Your Voice, Shape Our Future”, featuring a diverse group of individuals sharing their hopes, fears and ideas for the future of the LGBTQ community.