New Study Shows Clash Between Latinos and LGBT Community Exaggerated

April 06 2012


Julian Teixeira

(202) 776-1812

Telephonic briefing examines support among Hispanics for LGBT community

Washington—While mainstream America has made tremendous progress in accepting the LGBT community over the past few decades, Latinos are unfortunately still often depicted as more anti-gay and less likely than other segments of society to support gay issues such as same-sex marriage. In fact, coverage of the battles over same-sex marriage in states such as New York and California frequently portrayed the LGBT and Hispanic communities at odds with one another, while recent reports indicate that national organizations attempting to block gay marriage have explicitly tried to exploit this tension based on the assumed premise that Latinos are anti-LGBT.

Join NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) for a telephonic press briefing about Hispanic attitudes toward the LGBT community and toward LGBT policy issues, such as gay marriage and anti-discrimination laws. The discussion coincides with the release of a SSRS report, LGBT Acceptance and Support: The Hispanic Perspective, funded by the Arcus Foundation, which offers an in-depth look at the factors that affect LGBT acceptance among Hispanics and how levels of support are expected to change in the coming years.

If you plan to join the press briefing, RSVP with Joseph Rendeiro either by calling (202) 776-1566 or emailing


David Dutwin, PhD, report author and Vice President, Social Science Research Solutions
Tom Kam, Vice President, Social Justice Programming, Arcus Foundation
Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR
Lourdes Rodríguez-Nogués, President, Dignity USA

WHAT: Press Briefing for LGBT Acceptance and Support: The Hispanic Perspective

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 1:00 p.m. EDT

HOW: Call: (800) 862-9098
Conference Title: Hispanic Perspective
Conference ID: ARCUS

TO RSVP: Contact Joseph Rendeiro at (202) 776-1566 or

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Twitter and Facebook.


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