Poll Finds Surprising Decline In Young Americans’ Acceptance Of LGBTQ People, Despite Reputation As ‘Most Tolerant’ Generation
Researchers worry that hate speech spread on social media is having an impact. “We count on the narrative that young people are more progressive and tolerant,” John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll, told USA Today. “These numbers are very alarming and signal a looming social crisis in discrimination.” Also in public health news today: the sober movement, stem cells, and the growing phenomenon of retired people still taking care of their parents.
The Young Are Regarded As The Most Tolerant Generation. That's Why Results Of This LGBTQ Survey Are 'Alarming'
Young people are growing less tolerant of LGBTQ individuals, a jarring turn for a generation traditionally considered embracing and open, a survey released Monday shows. The number of Americans 18 to 34 who are comfortable interacting with LGBTQ people slipped from 53% in 2017 to 45% in 2018 – the only age group to show a decline, according to the annual Accelerating Acceptance report. And that is down from 63% in 2016. Driving the dilution of acceptance are young women whose overall comfort levels plunged from 64% in 2017 to 52% in 2018, says the survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD. (Miller, 6/27)
The Washington Post:
Millennials Have Sparked A Sober Revolution And Alcohol Brands Are Starting To Notice
It’s everywhere you look these days: #SoberCurious, #SoberIsSexy, #SoberLife and #SoberSaturday. There are sober nightclubs, sober early-morning dance parties, Instagram influencers who anchor their online identities with an eschewal of alcohol. The number of alcohol drinkers in the world has decreased by nearly 5 percent since 2000, according to the World Health Organization. The Beverage Information Group reports beer sales have slumped for five years in a row. (Reiley, 6/27)
Los Angeles Times:
When It Comes To Disease, Stem Cells Are A Game-Changer, Scientists Say. This Is Why
Thousands of the world's leading stem cell researchers are convening in Los Angeles this week to discuss the prospects for a future without human disease. Stem cells could play a key role. These cells are remarkably flexible; under the right conditions, they can be coaxed to develop into many other types of cells in the body. (Baumgaertner, 6/27)
The New York Times:
At 75, Taking Care Of Mom, 99: ‘We Did Not Think She Would Live This Long’
Not many years ago, Lynda Faye planned to spend her retirement gardening in Amherst, Mass., and visiting her eight grandchildren. Not on the list of golden-years pursuits: caring for a frail elderly parent. Ms. Faye is 75, and her mother, Yetta Meisel, a widow, is 99. The former art teacher fills her days helping her mother bathe, making her meals, picking up medications, scheduling home aides and transporting a wheelchair for excursions. (Garland, 6/27)