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Millennials Pushing the Sharp Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

Millennials Pushing the Sharp Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated

America has the largest population of affiliated Christians in the world, but recent data shows a clear trend of people increasingly leaving organized Christianity while secular and other faiths see an uptick in their ranks. The fastest rate of decline seems to be among the millennial generation, a population that has recently been shown to be more open to social change on issues such as LGBT rights and marriage equality. Read more »

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More Americans Are Comfortable With A Gay Presidential Candidate Than With An Evangelical One

More Americans feel comfortable with a presidential candidate who identifies as gay or lesbian than with one who identifies as an evangelical Christian, according to a new poll.

The latest WSJ/NBC poll listed a series of qualities in a potential presidential candidate and asked respondents whether they'd "be enthusiastic," "be comfortable with," "have some reservations about" or "be very uncomfortable with" a candidate with each of those qualities. Read more »

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City of Mesa Survey on Diversity and Inclusion Underway

The City of Mesa has retained the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University (MI) to conduct a citywide survey to assess the frequency of bias, discrimination, exclusion, mistreatment, and prejudice experienced by its citizens.  Since diversity and inclusion are core values for the City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board and Office of Diversity an objective measure of incidents of bias, discrimination and exclusion will assist the community with its efforts to encourage diversity and inclusion."  The survey takes place in January 2014.

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New HIV Vaccine Proves Successful In Phase 1 Human Trial

New HIV Vaccine Proves Successful In Phase 1 Human Trial

A vaccine for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has proved successful in a Phase 1 clinical trial with no adverse effects in human patients, Sumagen Canada Inc. and Western University of Ontario announced today. The vaccine, which was developed by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang and his team, is the first genetically modified, whole-killed vaccine to be approved for testing in humans.

“We are now prepared to take the next steps towards Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials,” stated Jung-Gee Cho, the CEO of Sumagen Co. Ltd., in a press release. “We are opening the gate to pharmaceutical companies, government, and charity organization for collaboration to be one step closer to the first commercialized HIV vaccine." Read more »

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LGBT Community Survey® U.S. Overview Report 7 th Annual Editon August 2013

LGBT Community Survey® U.S. Overview Report 7 th Annual Editon August 2013

CMI’s Annual LGBT Community Survey continues to be one of the most comprehensive studies available focusing on LGBT consumers. In this presentation, we report the results in a number of different ways, slicing the L G B and T in different ways depending on the question. The possibilities are endless, as CMI’s large sample enables us to deeply understand the similarities and differences within the LGBT community.

A sampling of what CMI found in the United States:

• 75 percent of LGBT people are actively boycotting Chick-fil-A. Read more »

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Research Is Your Roadmap: So Why Are You Roaming Aimlessly?

Research Is Your Roadmap: So Why Are You Roaming Aimlessly?

It's about that time of year when summer vacations are winding down and families are settling back into their regular routines.

Think of  your trip for a moment. If you are like most people, you probably had a detailed plan locked-in well in advance of your departure date and it was probably as thorough as a pre-launch checklist at NASA. Why? Because you wanted to make sure the journey didn't end up being the inspiration for another Chevy Chase Vacation movie.

Bottom line, you had a vision for your vacation. Read more »

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Gay Discrimination Poll Conducted By ThirdWay, HRC Reveals U.S. Views On Anti-LGBT Businesses

A solid majority of Americans believe that businesses should not be able to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, but many remain surprisingly uninformed about anti-discrimination legislation in their home state, a new survey has found. Read more »

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Study finds that children of gay parents are generally happier than those with straight parents

A study has found that children growing up with gay parents are on average happier than those raised by straight parents.

The preliminary findings from the Australian study from the University of Melbourne, further dispelled the idea that children do better with opposite sex parents, rather than being raised by a gay couple.

Dr Simon Crouch, the lead researcher, said there were a lot of strongly-held beliefs on what made up a family.

“Our research does not support this. There are a lot of same sex families where there isn’t a mother figure or there isn’t a father figure and we find that the children are doing really well,” he said. Read more »

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Same-Sex Couples Face Significant Housing Discrimination, Historic Government Study Says

WASHINGTON -- Same-sex couples face significant levels of discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a landmark government study released on Tuesday.

The new survey by the Department of Housing and Urban Development is the first-ever study examining housing discrimination against same-sex couples at the national level.

HUD found that same-sex couples were "significantly less likely than heterosexual couples to get favorable responses to e-mail inquiries about electronically advertised rental housing." In fact, heterosexual couples were favored over gay male couples in 15.9 percent of the tests, and over lesbian couples in 15.6 percent. Read more »

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A Survey of LGBT Americans

A Survey of LGBT Americans

An overwhelming share of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults (92%) say society has become more accepting of them in the past decade and an equal number expect it to grow even more accepting in the decade ahead. They attribute the changes to a variety of factors, from people knowing and interacting with someone who is LGBT, to advocacy on their behalf by high-profile public figures, to LGBT adults raising families.1 Read more »

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