This article examines shifts in opinion, and the reasoning behind these shifts, among Christian-identified Americans regarding their views of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals. After conducting interviews with several Christian-identified Americans, the author finds that when a family member or close friend “comes out” as LGBT, individuals are more likely to change their opinion of those who identify as LGBT, and their change in opinion is more likely to be dramatic. Moreover, the author finds that empathy is the most powerful factor that facilitates an individual’s change in opinion.
"Empathy and Its Effect on Religious Opinion Regarding Homosexuality,"
The Eastern Illinois University Political Science Review: Vol. 4
, Article 2.
Available at: http://thekeep.eiu.edu/eiupsr/vol4/iss1/2