June is Pride Month and in celebration, we want to highlight areas of progress in America when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights.

Earlier this week, NPR reported on a Gallup poll showing support for same-sex marriage in the U.S. at an all-time high of 70% — the highest percentage since Gallup began tracking it way back in 1996. 

same-sex-household-data-us-censusAnd much of that progress is recent. In the last six years alone, support for same-sex marriage has increased 10% since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states needed to recognize same-sex marriage back in 2015.

The largest demographic shift has been amongst Republicans—according to Gallup, the majority of Republicans (55%) now support same-sex marriage. By comparison, 83% of Democrats also say they support same-sex marriage along with 73% of independents.  

Progress on Pride, by Age Group

Gallup also broke their survey results and—more good news—same-sex marriage also has its highest support ever among all age groups


LGBTQ+ in the Workplace

We celebrate progress, but we also recognize that the struggle continues and there is still work to be done to make our workplaces truly inclusive.

If you’re LGBTQ+, or you’re a manager of LGBTQ+ employees, some workplace issues can be complex. And, if you’re a remote worker going into an office for the first time post COVID, that can add yet another layer of complexity to an already complex situation. 

Our team at The Upside has compiled a short list of excellent books about mental health and well-being targeted at the LGBTQ+ community. 

The full article is available at twill.health, but for a quick summary of the books and authors, see the list below:

  1. ¡Hola Papi! by John Paul Brammer
  2. The Queer Advantage by Andrew Gelwicks
  3. Life Isn’t Binary by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi
  4. Trans Like Me by CN Lester
  5. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  6. Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon


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