Why Are Gays Greener?


| 1/19/2011 2:04:19 PM


Green man, Brighton Pride ParadeGays and lesbians are more concerned about environmental issues than other Americans, a new poll finds—and Grist asks just what is going on here. Why is the gay agenda such a green agenda?

Fifty-five percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT) people care greatly about the environment, compared to just one-third of heterosexuals, according to a Harris online poll conducted in November and reported on the E2 Wire blog of The Hill. Forty-five of LGBTs say environmental issues are “extremely” or “very” important when they vote, compared to 27 percent for heterosexuals They are also more likely to make voting and purchasing decisions with environmental issues in mind.

Here are some explanations that Grist gathered from editors and writers at various LGBT publications:

• “Gay and lesbian people vote progressively, so it seems natural that they would live progressively,” says The Advocate Senior Editor Neal Broverman.

• “Growing up gay causes folks to look at the world from the perspective of ... being an outsider. I think that makes people much more aware of how actions ... can affect both other people and, by extension, the environment,” says Michael Jensen, editor of After Elton.



• And here’s Kathleen Connell writing in San Diego Gay & Lesbian News: “The mentality that allows desecration of the ecosystem is the same mindset that continues to allow the second-class citizenship of LGBT people everywhere.”

DavidK
2/14/2011 1:06:14 PM

The photo — the only photo — you've chosen to illustrate this article is suggestive of most gay folks? Men and women? Older and younger? Of varying political perspectives? Or was it just the most insulting, homophobic, trivial, dismissive, stereotypical photo of a gay person you could find in your archives? What the hell's the matter with you?


DavidK
2/14/2011 1:05:13 PM

The photo — the only photo — you've chosen to illustrate this article is suggestive of most gay folks? Men and women? Older and younger? Of varying political perspectives? Or was it just the most insulting, homophobic, trivial, dismissive, stereotypical photo of a gay person you could find in your archives? What the hell's the matter with you?


rodeen
1/25/2011 8:08:03 AM

Jeffery, I disagree. Find one popular fundamentalist Christian leader who says it is okay to either "trash" as you said or "rape" as the previous poster said the enviorment. If it is the large majority as you both claim this should be easy. I agree that the day of the lord will come before the world is destroyed by global warming. In the mean time we should treat Gods beautiful creation with respect. Just so we understand the measuring stick that was set by previous poster by "fundamentalist" we mean people who believe in the divine inspiriation of the bible in its totality?