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Study: Majority of Blacks Believe Being Gay is a Choice

While black and Latino media outlets are overwhelmingly supportive of gay issues in their coverage, more blacks believe that homosexuality is a choice than the country at large, according to a new report by the Opportunity Agenda.

The group analyzed available public opinion research to get a overall view of how the country’s opinions of the LGBT community and its issues have been evolving over time, particularly in the black and Latino community.

The report, called “Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race,” shows that there remains a tension in the black and Latino communities between support for LGBT equality and a belief that it violates moral and religious principles.

But no such tension exists in the media that serves these communities, according to the report. Most of the LGBT stories in the black media focused on HIV, bullying, homophobia and discrimination, with LGBT African Americans and other civil-rights leaders often commenting on stories. Pro-LGBT voices outnumbered anti-gay voices, who tended to be African-American ministers.

In the Latino community, where coverage tended to focus on marriage equality, the end of the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers, LGBTs in larger Latino communities, celebrity news and anti-gay violence, most of the anti-gay voices were white.

One of the more interesting findings in the report is that most African Americans do not associate the community’s struggles for civil rights with the battle for LGBT rights.

Just 36 percent of the country believes that being gay is a choice, but the report found that 47 percent of Black Americans believe homosexuality to be a choice. More Latinos believed that people are born gay than the total sample, the report said, with 52 percent of Latinos believing people are born gay, compared with 42 percent overall.

Demonstrating the influence of religion on this issue, people who go to church weekly are far less likely to be pro-LGBT—24 percent of weekly church-goers support marriage equality compared with 57 percent of people who rarely or never attend worship services.


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7 thoughts on “Study: Majority of Blacks Believe Being Gay is a Choice

  1. Trey Wiggins says:

    It's amazing how ignorant people consider themselves to be the foremost authority on things which they have no experience. Unless you are gay how in the HELL do you know it's a choice? And when oh when did you look at a penis and a vagina and say "well penises or cool or whatever, but I think I'll go with vagina today"? No, like all human beings you developed a sexual preference, your preference just happened to be the one that is accepted by most of society. Miss me with this bullshit!

  2. Richard Allen says:

    It's a choice to stay stupid too!

  3. Mark Merrill says:

    The treads are worn completely down on this tired argument that being gay is a choice, so STFU already!!

  4. Steven Hayes says:

    This in and of itself is not a big deal.. I would be more concerned if there was a following call the requested/demanded that others choose differently… if perhaps hiv is still considered a gay disease in some sects and thus funding for treatment was now limited because you choose to engage in "gay sex".. not sure that just thinking it is a choice is the problem but the subsequent actions- now there is something that may warrant concern.

  5. Jason Warren says:

    NO its amazing that we don't know homosexuality has been marketed to the african community globally as a life style choice to produce fatherlesslness, sisters are husbandless, homosexuals don't produce babies which is the principle reason for this life style choice BEING PUSHED INTO OUR COMMUNITY. additionally homosexuality use to be in the DSMIV as a mental disorder until homosexuals got involved with the psychology medical field and changed it without medicaL RESEARCH! HOMOSEXUALITY IS THE WRONG CHOICE FOR BLACK PEOPLE.

  6. Julian Bond says:

    What? Who made the choice?

  7. Jenuwine Daniels-Clark says:

    The black Americans who was study was either heterosexual or bisexuals whereas they think homosexuals made the choice to be gay or the bisexuals who state that they are "gay" just because the opposite sex did them wrong but as soon as the same sex do the same they be like "I used to be gay but I am now reborn" come on now, but anyway everyone is entitled to his and her opinion and I agree a lot of Black Americans oh you wrote African Americans but a lot of Black Americans do not associate the community struggles for civil rights w/the battle of the LGBT rights.

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