Published: Oct 24, 2010 8:49 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 24, 2010 5:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) - If Democratic candidates are counting on long-standing support from gay voters to help stave off big losses on Nov. 2, they could be in for a surprise.

Across the country, activists say gay voters are angry at the lack of progress on issues from eliminating employment discrimination to openly serving in the military to the economy. Some are choosing to sit out this election or look for other candidates.
      
In the Chicago area, Kate Coatar is seriously considering voting for Green Party candidates. James Wyatt won't cast a ballot at all because he no longer trusts anyone to fight for causes important to him.
      
The election is a contrast to 2008, when the gay community turned out in droves to elect President Barack Obama and help Democrats regain control of Congress.