Survey: One-In-Three Men In Scotland Disapprove Of Same-Sex Relationships

A new poll shows almost one-third of men in Scotland disapprove of same-sex relationships, reports UK news site iNews.
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A new poll shows almost one-third of men in Scotland disapprove of same-sex relationships, reports UK news site iNews.

The survey, conducted by polling company Survation, found 28% of male Scots feel same-sex relations are ‘wrong.’

This is in stark contrast to only 13% of women in Scotland who feel the same way.

Across the board, 1 in 5 Scots (20%) do not approve of gay relationships.

This data comes as a bit surprising for a country often viewed as LGBTQ-friendly.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Scotland on December 16, 2014.

The government has announced plans to introduce the world’s first LGBTQ school curriculum and could soon be the first country in the United Kingdom to officially recognize a third gender as recent polling shows 56% support for full legal recognition of non-binary people.

The director of Stonewall Scotland, Colin Macfarlane, says the new survey underscores why the LGBTQ community can’t become ‘complacent.’

“We know that in Scotland one in five people have experienced a hate crime in the last year because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” Macfarlane told iNews.

“We know that only half of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with their family and two in five trans people avoid certain streets because they don’t feel safe,” he added. “Scotland has changed for the better over the course of the last 30 years, but there is much more to be done before everyone is accepted without exception.”

Gordon MacRae, chief executive for the Humanist Society Scotland which commissioned the survey, said, “It is disappointing to see continued opposition to same-sex relationships amongst a minority but nevertheless sizeable proportion of the community.”

“There clearly continues to be work done to ensure Scotland is a fully inclusive nation for LGBT people,” he added.

(h/t iNews)

GLAAD: LGBT Acceptance Drops For 1st Time Under President Trump

Remember when Donald Trump told LGBTs he would be “much better for the gays?”

Yeah, not so much.

Via press release from GLAAD:

GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today announced the findings of its fourth annual Accelerating Acceptance report, a national survey among more than 2,100 U.S. adults conducted on GLAAD’s behalf by The Harris Poll. The results were announced during a panel discussion hosted by GLAAD and The Ariadne Getty Foundation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

For the first time in the report’s history, GLAAD and The Harris Poll found a drop in acceptance of LGBTQ people. As President Trump prepares to address the heads of state, business leaders, and largest philanthropists at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, GLAAD is on the ground in Davos to shine the spotlight on the rollback of LGBTQ acceptance, debut new initiatives, and be the lead voice for LGBTQ people around the globe.

Less than half of non-LGBTQ adults (49 percent) reported being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with LGBTQ people across seven situations. This is a significant decline from 53 percent last year and the first time the Accelerating Acceptance report has shown a drop in acceptance for LGBTQ people.

GLAAD and The Harris Poll found that 55 percent of LGBTQ adults reported experiencing discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity. This number is a significant 11 percentage point increase from the previous year (44 percent).

There was a decline in non-LGBTQ adults’ comfortability around LGBTQ people, particularly in more personal situations. Compared to last year’s results, significantly more respondents noted that they would be uncomfortable learning a family member is LBGTQ (30 percent vs. 27 percent), having their child’s teacher be LGBTQ (31 percent vs. 28 percent), and learning their doctor is LGBTQ (31 percent vs. 28 percent).