Rolls out of bed, opens eyes, sees this editorial at The New York Times website. Shakes head; rubs eyes. Looks again. Smiles.
A new Gallup poll shows some remarkable advancement in the acceptance of gays, particularly among men. This can't be for real, right?
1. For the first time, the percentage of Americans who perceive “gay and lesbian relations” as morally acceptable has crossed the 50 percent mark. (You have to love the fact that they still use the word “relations.” So quaint.)
2. Also for the first time, the percentage of men who hold that view is greater than the percentage of women who do.
3. This new alignment is being led by a dramatic change in attitudes among younger men, but older men’s perceptions also have eclipsed older women’s. While women’s views have stayed about the same over the past four years, the percentage of men ages 18 to 49 who perceived these “relations” as morally acceptable rose by 48 percent, and among men over 50, it rose by 26 percent.
I warned you: stunning.
How amazing! Harvey Milk taught us to have hope, and sometimes hope hits you smack in the face. Let's hope the trends seen in that poll continue.
"Gay? Whatever, Dude" (The New Yoirk Times)