A new Opinium survey of 2,000 adults across the UK for Stonewall, the world’s second largest LGBT charity, asked people how they feel about four different communities: gay, bi, lesbian and trans
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The history of LGBT rights in the UK is one of growing acceptance as now more than ever our nation takes pride in supporting our LGBT neighbors, colleagues, family and friends.
That’s according to a new Opinium survey of 2,000 adults across the UK for Stonewall, the world’s second largest LGBT charity, on their feelings towards four different communities: gay, bi, lesbian and trans.
The poll, commissioned to mark the start of Pride month today, also shows how the public feels about a group such as: B. gay men, is remarkably consistent with what she thinks about all LGBT groups.
While this may surprise the viewer, it is merely proof of what LGBT people have always known – that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are all linked in motivation.
Data shows anti-LGBT sentiment is now confined to a tiny minority of the public.
Less than one in ten said they felt disgust towards LGBT people (9% for gay people, 8% for trans and bi people and 7% for lesbians). And less than one in 20 said they felt either envy, resentment or fear.
Of the options presented, the most common feeling respondents reported towards the LGBT population was respect.
Overall, about one in three felt actively respectful of us (37% and 38% for gay and lesbian, falling to 32% and 31% for bi and trans). One in five expressed admiration (trans people took first place in the class with 21% of the vote).
Overall, the data shows that the British public is four times more likely to have positive attitudes towards LGBT people than negative attitudes.
This is an incredible shift in social attitude that felt unattainable even in my lifetime.
Compare with data from historic UK Social Attitudes polls showing that just 35 years ago two-thirds of Britons thought same-sex relationships were ‘always wrong’.
However, it is important to recognize that even a small minority with such strongly negative views can have a significant negative impact on the safety of LGBT people.
And the survey gives us focus areas where we need to work to build a culture of respect. Men and people over 55 are the least supportive of LGBT people, and there are still a significant number we need to move from neutral to active support.
Nonetheless, we should read this data as a triumph for LGBT people and our allies who have stood proud in the face of adversity for 50 years.
And it’s a timely reminder that the numbers don’t lie: the UK public is supportive of our diverse communities.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lgbt-prejudice-restricted-tiny-minority-27117116 LGBT prejudice is limited to a 'small minority' of the public as support for diversity grows