A University of Michigan study found that college students generally support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their rights. However, there is still a large number of students who don't.

The study found that about one in five students oppose or are neutral when it comes to LGBT rights such as employment protection, and nearly one-third of students are neutral or oppose marriage and civil unions among the LGBT community. One researcher said that "heterosexism" is the reason for these findings.

"Heterosexism can negatively impact the well-being of LGBT people and their families in many ways," he said.

Heterosexism occurs on societal levels and is often institutionalized in social policies, according to the article.

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