We are making progress! And depending on how you read these numbers, it would show that a full 74% of the American public believes that gays should be able to serve in the military in one manner or another, whereas only 18% believe in that whole shunning business.
A new poll from Harris Interactive found that 55% of Americans think gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military.
By comparison, 19% of the 2,337 Americans polled said gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve "only if they keep their sexual orientation a secret," and 18% said they should "not be allowed to serve in the military at all."
When broken out by age group, the only category that was not in a majority about openly serving were the seniors set, over 62. But even at that it was a large percentage at 69% when combined with serving in any capacity.
I think what we need right about now is a television series along the lines of Hogans Heroes. Only in this sitcom some characters are gay and avoiding the colonels in a wildly slapstick fashion. Shultz walks in and catches Hogan and Lebeau in some face sucking and he shields his eyes "I see nothing. Nothing!" (Okay, so now you know why I'm not in Hollywood writing TV shows, even though I can enter a GLBT script-writing contest here!)
So we continue to march forward and gain acceptance in public. It will take a couple more years until being gay is ubiquitous with being left handed. No big deal. There will always be bigots out there that won't like us, but then there are still lots of racists and/or anti-semites running around. We will just keep marginalizing those fools, though!