Gay & Lesbian Issues

The Morning Buzz | Is the Internet Killing Religion?

[04.10.2014]

Today’s Buzz includes video of Passover versions of songs from the Frozen soundtrack, and reports on the Senate blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act, Hillary Clinton still thinking about running in the 2016 presidential election, how the internet affects religious disaffiliation and Derrick Gordon becoming the first openly gay Division I basketball player.

Morning Buzz | POTUS Heads to the Vatican

[03.26.2014]

Today’s Buzz ponders whether the meeting between President Obama and Pope Francis will be collaborative or confrontational, pollution’s deadly effects, a prominent evangelical charity’s decision to hire Christian LGBT employees, and the connection between character and social mobility.

A Tale of Two Catholic Churches

[03.26.2014]

President Obama heads to the Vatican as the American Catholic Church is undergoing a dramatic transformation.

Anti-Gay and -Lesbian Bullying and Discrimination

[03.25.2014]

Today, most Americans (68 percent) believe that gay and lesbian people face a lot of discrimination in the United States. For many younger gay and lesbian people, discrimination often comes in the form of bullying, which has prompted a national discussion about anti-gay attitudes toward and bullying of gay and lesbian youth. Today, nearly two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans agree that bullying of gay and lesbian teenagers is a major problem in schools.

How Americans Spend Their Leisure Time

[03.18.2014]

In today’s Buzz: What Americans do for fun — and when, Why turbans are not simply a fashion statement, and How churches have entered the real estate market.

A Year in the Life of Pope Francis I

[03.13.2014]

Today marks one year since Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. Here’s a look back at some of Pope Francis’s most memorable moments during his first year in the Vatican.

How do Church Stances on LGBT Issues Affect Americans’ Decisions to Leave Religion?

[03.13.2014]

Today’s Buzz covers the cost of passing on health insurance, a new and controversial statue of “Homeless Jesus,” and Thomas Edsall’s use of PRRI data in his latest for The New York Times.

Are Millennials Leaving Religion Over LGBT Issues?

[03.13.2014]

The fact that most Millennials who are now religiously unaffiliated were raised in a religious tradition raises important questions about the forces responsible for this recent shift. PRRI’s latest survey finds one reason for high rates of disaffiliation among Millennials is their perception about how religious institutions treat gay and lesbian people.

Republican Hispanic Outreach: Running Out of Time?

[03.11.2014]

Hispanic Americans are a becoming a crucial demographic for both political parties. However, in recent elections, Hispanics have strongly preferred Democratic candidates. Juhem Navarro-Rivera identifies a significant problem facing the Republican party — that for many conservative activists minority outreach is not a priority — and what Republicans must do to gain the Hispanic vote in the 2016 presidential election and beyond.

Reasons for Increasing Support for Same-sex Marriage in the South

[03.11.2014]

On its home page, The Atlantic features a piece by PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones, “The South’s Stunning Embrace of Gay Marriage,” which explores the growth in support for same-sex marriage in Dixieland. In the South overall, support for same-sex marriage has risen dramatically during the past decade, from 22 percent in 2003 to 48 percent in 2013.