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Human Rights Campaign reveals survey of gay life in Alabama

The HRC recently conducted what it's calling the "largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Alabama." (Source: MGN Online) The HRC recently conducted what it's calling the "largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Alabama." (Source: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Gay marriage bans all around the country are being shot down in court, and Alabama's law is currently facing several lawsuits it's unlikely to withstand. As the gay rights movement gains momentum, the Human Rights Campaign is trying to put a face on what it's like to be gay in Alabama.

The HRC recently conducted what it's calling the "largest survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Alabama." The goal - to shed some light on who is gay, and what that it's like in a very conservative state.

The survey showed 61 percent have lived in Alabama for 20 or more years. 45 percent consider themselves religious, and attend church regularly.

8 percent have served, or currently serve in the military, and 67 percent either have children or intend to some day.

Large numbers report running into problems though.

24 percent say they've been denied a job or fired because of their orientation. 38 percent say they've been harassed by coworkers or supervisors about it. 41 percent say they hide being gay from coworkers..

63 percent have jobs that don't offer federal protections against discrimination based on their sexual orientation. Half say they were harassed at school - most agreeing high school was the worst.

About the same say their doctor isn't up to speed on LGBT health issues.

40 percent say they've faced harassment or discrimination in public, at stores or restaurants. 38 percent say they've faced problems from their own family.

Ultimately, what is the agenda of the group? According to the HRC's website, they want to see change in Alabama.

The people surveyed want more protections against harassment in the workplace and more legal rights when it comes to marriage and adoption .

This survey only talked with about 1,100 Alabamians who openly identify themselves as gay.

There are no estimates on how many Alabamians are still in the closet - or in denial.

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