Living together: British attitudes to lesbian, gay and bisexual people

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Guasp, April; Dick, Sam
Date of publication
1 January 2012
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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Stonewall has commissioned YouGov to survey over 2,000 adults on their attitudes to lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The majority of people support what has been done to secure equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people but they also strongly support going further still. Seven in ten Britons – and, crucially, almost as many Britons of faith – agree with extending the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples. However, three in five people acknowledge that prejudice still exists against gay people, 2.4 million people have witnessed homophobic bullying at work and two thirds of young people witnessed homophobic bullying in their own school. 

People think negative attitudes at school, work, of parents and in the media are the main sources of public prejudice against gay people today. However, four in five people (81 per cent) believe it is right to tackle prejudice against lesbian, gay and bisexual people where they say it exists. People think parents, the media and schools have the greatest role to play in tackling prejudice against gay people.

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