Poll Shows LGBT Americans Feel Less Safe Under Trump

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(EDGE) If you feel your sexuality or gender identity puts you at greater risk than it did before Trump took office, you're not alone. 

According to a SurveyMonkey poll shared with Time magazine, nearly two-thirds of LGBT Americans feel less safe since the presidential inauguration.

Time contrasts the recent poll with one taken in 2015 following the United States Supreme Court's decision that legalized same-sex marriage. In the 2015 poll, 93% of those surveyed felt that the coming decade would see greater acceptance of LGBT people. That number dropped to 83% in the 2017 poll.

The Survey Monkey poll comes a month after a report releasedby the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), showed a 17% increase in anti-LGBTQ related homicides from 2015 to 2016. Members of the transgender community remain most at risk. Mic reported last week that with the year only half way over, 28-year-old Ebony Morgan became the 15th transgender murder victim of 2017.

But although more LGBT Americans feel less safe under the Trump presidency, they somehow don't feel more discrimination. When asked about the prevalence of discrimination against LGBT people, 66% of people in the new SurveyMonkey poll said "a lot," and 28% said "some." Statistically equal percentages - 65% and 30%- responded in those respective ways in the 2015 poll.

The SurveyMonkey poll was conducted between June 21 and June 24 among a national sample of 841 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults.


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