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How accepted are gay people by the rest of society?

The latest research into how well gay people are accepted around the world was published in 2017 by the Pew Centre of Washington DC.

40,117 respondents in 40 countries worldwide were surveyed for their opinions on a range of topics including their acceptance of homosexuality. They were asked “Do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?”

In the UK, 17 per cent of people (or one in six people) think homosexuality is ‘morally unacceptable’, 36 per cent say it’s morally acceptable, and the majority (43 per cent) say ‘it’s not a moral issue’.

The Czech Republic have the highest proportion of those saying homosexuality is morally acceptable – with 56 per cent of those questioned saying it is.

Canada and France are joint top for not thinking sexuality is a moral issue, with exactly half of the participants in each country asked saying it’s ‘not a moral issue’.

Unsurprisingly, we were least accepted in Africa. 98 per cent of those in Ghana, 95 per cent of those in Egypt and Jordan said we were ‘unacceptable’.

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Live Science, 23 August 2016: Why aren’t gay people accepted everywhere?
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