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There may have been some awkward Father’s Day calls yesterday, as only 39 percent of gays and lesbians have told their fathers about their sexual orientation, according to a new survey of LGBT Americans from Pew Research Center. The numbers are somewhat better for mothers – 56 percent of gays have told their moms.
The study focused on “attitudes, experiences and values in changing times,” and shined a light on some of the more personal issues in the LGBT community. Four in 10 say that they’ve been rejected by a family member or close friend because of their sexual orientation, and three in 10 say they’ve been threatened or attacked because of it.
Pew’s latest findings also reveal some interesting data about the ages when people first thought they might be a gay or bi, first knew for sure, and first told someone. Gays generally reached these milestones younger than lesbians or bisexuals – first thinking they were gay at 10, knowing at 15, and telling someone at 18. By contrast, lesbians first thought they were gay at 13, first knew at 18, and first told someone at 21 on average.
Another interesting finding is that LGBT Americans tend to have a slightly higher education level than the general population. Fifty-seven percent of all U.S. adults have at least some college education, compared to 68 percent of LGBT Americans.
Some other interesting findings from the study: