The movement to extend rights to non-gender-conforming individuals, as well as individuals who have a sexual orientation other than "straight" has gained ground. Along with this new exposure comes a greater support, which has helped the movement to refine its goals and therefore become more improved, understood, accepted - and respected.
The overall perception of the LGBT society has seen a great deal of improvement over the past 10 years. Today, gay marriage is accepted, and the Supreme Court forced all 50 states to allow it. Many do not see the LGBT society as outlandish, but they can marry, adopt children, and raise families.
I understand that we still have a long way to go, as some states still do not allow gay marriage, but as a whole, society is more accepting of the LGBT community than they once were. There are and will always be some people who do not approve, but I believe that the majority of people have other things to focus on now and don't really care as much about what gender someone is attracted to.
No, the overall perception of the LGBT community is declining despite increased acceptance of the sexual preferences themselves. This apparent contradiction is based on the fact that the LGBT community has allowed abrasive activists anoint themselves spokespeople of the LGBT masses and push a mishmash of political ideas that only a small minority actually support. In other words, straight people today are more accepting of a gay neighbor or coworker, but they are less inclined to put up with in-your-face LGBT manifestations that nowadays seem mostly focused on demonizing non-gays.