Global Survey: 28% Back Criminalizing Homosexuality

Britain’s Gay Times reports:

More than one in four people (28.5%) believe that those in same-sex relationships should be ‘charged as criminals’, according to a new survey of over 150,000 people across 77 countries and territories around the world.

Unsurprisingly, the 2017 ILGA-RIWI Global Attitudes Survey showed that there were major differences in views towards sexual and gender minorities in different regions. 45% of respondents in the 15 African countries surveyed agreed that people who engage in same-sex relationships should be charged as criminals, by far the highest percentage around the world.

Elsewhere, 36% of of respondents from the Middle East agreed with that sentiment, compared to 15% of respondents from Australia and New Zealand, and 19% from North America, South America, and Western Europe. In the UK, one in six (17%) people said they believe that same-sex couples should be charged.

Australia’s public broadcaster SBS reports:

Among the 1,204 Australians who took part in the survey, two-thirds disagreed that same-sex relationships should be a criminal offence, while 16 per cent of respondents believed it should be criminalised. The rest, 18 per cent, remained neutral.

Of the 77 countries that were part of the ILGA-RIWI survey into global attitudes towards sexual, gender and sex minorities, 25 continue to criminalise same-sex sexual activity.

The report says “in criminalising states, unsurprisingly, the percentages that agree that same-sex romantic or sexual relationships should be criminalised increases substantially”.

See the full survey results here.

  • pj

    it will take generations to change this thinking. its a long game kids.

    • JCF

      I don’t think too many generations, until we get to “statistically insignificant”. 2-3 in Western Europe, the Americas, and Aus/NZ. 3-4 Eastern Europe. 4-5 for the rest. [Needless to say, I won’t be here. Then again—speaking of religion—I have HOPE I’ll be aware of this Victory anyway! ;-/]

  • JDS

    We have a long way to go.

    • Jacob

      But look how far we’ve come. 10 years ago this would have been 50/50.

    • FAEN

      But not as long as we did a few years ago.

  • Jacob

    Check out those Aussie #s! Can’t wait to see how the ‘100s of amendments’ is going to be received.

    • FAEN

      Speaking of Aussies-I hope they rip Margret Court’s name off that stadium and rename it ASAP.

      The Australian Anita Bryant should NOT have her name on a stadium that represents a game of such diversity.

  • pch1013

    Fuck religion.

    • FAEN

      Agreed. ALL religion.

      • m_lp_ql_m

        “But… but… what about all those good religious people?!1!” /s

        • Joseph Miceli

          NALTS.
          Sure, when they stand up in their congregations to contradict their pastors, I’ll believe they exist.

          • Todd20036

            The NALTs refer to different branches of Christianity, NOT to Christian hypocrisy

          • Joseph Miceli

            Um…”Not All Like That” is any Christian who says…”I know some Christians want you dead, but we aren’t all like that.” If that definition has changed I’m not aware of it. –

          • Todd20036

            Well, given how little the NALTs speak up when someone uses the bible against us, I’d say that the definition you use, while logical, simply isn’t very applicable.

        • FAEN

          Maybe they should speak up more?

        • Oh yes. I can hardly wait for the NALTs to show up and tell us all off for daring to lump them together with the bigots. Except they are hardly ever around to tell the bigots off. Just us. They have a PR problem and it’s because they are silent and let the far right talk for all of them and then get mad that no one heard what they didn’t actually say.

      • Todd20036

        Espeically Priapism!

      • Guido Miller

        If you perhaps studied Jung, and maybe read some Joseph Campbell, you wouldn’t be talking out of your hat like those who think that the stars will LITERALLY fall out of the sky.

        From page one, the collection of books we call the Bible, is poetry and Jungian archetypes aimed can helping us understand who we are as a species….where we came from. It’s only the mis-informed who think otherwise.

        And what about Buddhism? It too is a religion. It does not posit the existence of a deity. Are you against it as well?

    • Ragnar Lothbrok
      • AmeriCanadian

        I love Neil. A voice of reason in a sea an ocean of ignorance.

    • greenmanTN
      • Schlukitz

        How very true!

      • Edmund Allin

        What a damning indictment. 🙁

    • Schlukitz

      Why not?

      It’s been fucking us for thousands of years.

  • Lazycrockett

    Global 28% is pretty damn good.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Agreed, it’s much better than I expected.

    • vorpal 😼

      I wonder how the statistics would compare to disallowing interracial marriages.

      • We know how mixed religious marriages go in a number of countries.

    • Chris Baker

      36% is the middle east seems pretty low. That’s encouraging. I don’t think you will every get 0% because there is a cultural bias against gay men due to macho stereotypes. (Would be interesting to survey how many people are in favor of criminalizing male/male sex vs. female/female sex. I’m pretty sure the numbers would drop for F/F sex, and how many are in favor of criminalizing pre-marital sex and ‘deviant’ straight sexual behavior.)

      • motordog

        Supposedly, Queen Victoria refused to believe that lesbianism even existed.

        • Joseph Miceli

          Ha! I can imagine! “We are not amused by this bawdy and obscene display. No lady would undertake such lewd and undecorous actions!”

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      Which is what I was debating yesterday. Some want to wallow in fear over being gay though. Personally, I don’t believe that is at all constructive to who we are as a people, nor a species.

    • If only it was a voting issue where possible for them.

  • Rex

    Bigoted attitudes should be criminalized.
    Makes just as much sense.

    • Bluto

      More, actually.

    • PR

      Religion should be criminalized.

  • Gigi

    The good news is that 78% don’t.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Sadly, Africa and the M.E. don’t surprise me. Having traveled to both during my years working in a government field, I found their cultures to be uniformly anti-gay, anti-woman and anti-rationality. This is not due to their race, but more the religious poison that infects them.

    • pch1013

      Africans somehow manage to abhor colonialism while simultaneously embracing the colonists’ religion, or at least the bits of it that enable them to justify anti-gay bigotry.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        I logged in just to upvote your comment, pch1013!

    • Todd20036

      The M.E. has one country that is accepting of LBGTs.
      Israel.

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        True enough.

      • pch1013

        Well, to be fair, there actually are a couple of Palestinian gay organizations. They defend the interests of LGBTQ people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

        Their headquarters are not in Ramallah or Nablus or Gaza – they’re in Haifa.

  • Tawreos

    The part that worries me is the fence sitters. They could bring the total up over 50%

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Fairweather supporters, if the wind blows to the right, you can bet they’ll follow…ironically, if it blows to the left, they tend to sit in the middle and say nothing; that alone speaks volumes.

  • Treant

    I wish we could compare that with samples every ten years or so. I’ll guarantee it’s getting steadily better.

    At this point, it looks like the bigots are even losing Eastern Europe, with Asia and the Middle East coming along in the near future. That’s far better than attitudes during the 1980’s.

    • clay

      And if we could further sub-divide Asia, I bet South Asia is significantly different from SE Asia and E Asia.

      • pch1013

        But even within sub-regions, there are significant differences… countries like Thailand and Vietnam might be making progress, but Indonesia is going backwards.

      • downtownla

        The report subdivides it out. Central and South Asian are worse than East and Southeast Asia.

  • bkmn
  • Boy Elvis

    When we get around to outlawing stupidity and religion (oxymoron, I know) this will cease to be an issue.

  • bkmn

    How many of that 28% are near dying age?

    • edrex

      well… a LOT of them are in africa.

  • Nic Peterson

    Dear American christianists,

    Africa is waiting for you. Leave us to our sin, we don’t deserve you. We will get by, somehow, without you.

    • MichaelJ

      No!!! No one deserves to have intolerant, narrow-minded, totally faith-based beliefs inflicted on them, particularly if the are stemming from a belief in American exceptionalism. I’d rather have people outside of the US be exposed to only the most open-minded, peaceful Americans who don’t believe in American (or any other) exceptionalism. Progressive people in other countries have enough bigotry, intolerance and ignorance at home to contend with and challenge.

      And I’d rather the American Christianists stay here so we can continue to challenge their morality, their willful ignorance, and their notion of what it means to be an American.

  • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

    Does this qualify as a palate cleanser?

    This is from a Halloween car parade in Japan.

    [Anything that makes me think of Trump makes me angry, but its nice to see that my opinion of him is shared on the other side of the world]

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/04086ca3cd6a1b0407ccd64daaec05537263b718763d265b7c836ac7df661f4d.jpg

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      The seats and the shirt make me think of the Wicked Witch from Oz for some reason.

  • blackstar
  • Bluto

    To those 28%, go fuck yourselves.

    • FAEN

      With something hard and sand papery.

  • Adam Stevens

    I am guessing 100% of homosexuals believe that people who marry multiple times, abandon their families to start completely new ones, and toss their LGBT children out into the streets should shut the fuck up.

    • FAEN

      There is such a list of people like that I’m not sure if you were meaning one particular person or not.

    • Todd20036

      Not quite. A few LBGT quislings will agree with the Nazis.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Wonder what percentage of that is strictly due to religion?

    • FAEN

      I’d say the majority.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Now compare economic strength and watch the graph flip. The worse off a country is, the more minority groups are scapegoated.

  • JWC

    With no numbers to compare I would assume that this statistic is far better than 20 years ago and will improve over time

    • Todd20036

      20 years ago, gay sex was illegal on most of the planet.

      • JWC

        do not disputr that but its more acceptable today than then

      • Dayglo

        … and that prison food was lousy.

    • pch1013

      Maybe, but attitudes toward homosexuality can regress too.

      In 2002, 60% of Russians thought that homosexuality should not be accepted by society.

      By 2013, that figure had gone up to 74%.

      • JWC

        Yes they do . It’s much like a slow moving pendulem It swings pro then con

  • 1980Gardener

    I’m actually surprised by how low the figure is.

    • Phil2u

      Me too, considering the global nature of the inquiry.

  • Macbill

    I’d like to see it correlated to educational level.

    • Edmund Allin

      And respect for democracy.

  • boobert

    This is why the US fanatics send creeps like kim davis to these ill informed countries. It inflates their standing in polls like this. That crap doesn’t play here as much.

  • vorpal 😼

    I back criminalizing criminalizing homosexuality, and criminalizing the mind-rape and indoctrination of children into bronze-age mythologies.

    • JWC

      hello you

      • vorpal 😼

        Hey John!

        I wrote you an email yesterday!

        • JWC

          Replied

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    These are the same people that would approve of bring slavery back.

    • edrex

      ironic.

  • TheManicMechanic

    I vote for criminalizing religion instead.

    • motordog

      Yes, it’s an awful lifestyle choice…I wish they’d just try not being religious!

    • Schlukitz

      An idea whose time has come.

  • Butch

    I believe that we can credit American evangelicals (hello, Brian Brown) with at least some of the attitude in Africa.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Yes, but European Colonialism is mostly to blame. Islam’s poison is responsible for the rest.

  • Joseph Miceli

    I know it is mostly navel gazing, but looking at the roots of anti-gay sentiment in Africa I think you have to go back to European colonization. God Damn Christians introduced attitudes and laws to people who may…or may not… have had a problem with homosexual behavior. What Africans fail to realize or simply do not want to admit is that their ancestors of only 4 or 5 generations ago probably lived in a society that included same sex unions or traditions of same sex relations. That European Evangelists have robbed them of that is something they can not and will not admit to themselves.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      This happened not just in Africa.

      • edrex

        alabama as well.

        • m_lp_ql_m

          True. Native American Two Spirits, and the like, had an accepted place in their culture.

          • edrex

            it’s the sub-saharan part of the us.

          • Bambino

            They are more in touch with mother nature as oppose to those mental deranged writers who created a monster to believe in.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Oh, I know. Christianity turns everything it touches into shit. They did the same in Hawaii and in South America.

    • pch1013

      And the parts of Africa that weren’t contaminated by Christianity have been infected by Islam.

    • Goodboy

      Religion fits into their culture perfectly though. I also happen to notice the one’s in power seem to use it to their benefit just like here.

    • DavidAZ

      The only thing more dangerous than being gay in Africa is being an albino in Africa. That can get you killed, chopped up and sold to the nearest witch doctor.

    • Edmund Allin

      Mostly British (and Portuguese) colonialism. I’m fairly certain the French didn’t care all that much.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Maybe. I’ll let you Google “French Colonial atrocities Africa” and see what comes up. I’m having too nice of a day to stain my karma with that.

  • AtticusP

    So that means that there are bigoted assholes on every populated continent. Quelle surprise. Not.

    Actually that 28% number is surprisingly low, given that all religions brainwash children from birth to hate gay people.

    • Joseph Miceli

      (Christian to gay child) “Everyone hates gays.”
      (gay child) “Everyone hates me. (kills self)
      (Christian) “See what a depressing life of self harm gay people lead?”

      On second thought…replace “Christian” with “Tony Perkins” and this would be much more accurate.

      • Todd20036

        Jew to gay me: “Everyone hates gays”
        Me: “I’M NOT GAY!!!” (represses self)
        Me, 10 years later: “I’m gay. Fuck this.”
        Jew to gay me: “I hate you. You’re out of the will.”
        Me: Ok. Never speak to me again. Ever.
        Jew: Never mind…

        Times change.

        • Joseph Miceli

          If you live long enough. That gay kid that was driven to suicide won’t get the chance.

          • Todd20036

            Very true. Nowadays, there are groups to help out. At least in America.

    • Bambino

      Internet helps. Once people are exposed to the normal existence of individuals in other parts of the world without causing fire and brimstone, it’s just another day.

  • PR

    I think fat people having sex is gross. I don’t want to make illegal

    • Karl Dubhe

      You’ll be fun, twenty years from now… 🙂

    • doninkansas

      there are many who think the opposite! for which I am truly grateful!

  • Hue-Man
  • GayOldLady

    And the good news is, if you had asked the same question 50 years ago 99% would have favored it. In those days living a gay life was a criminal offense in most of the world. including the U.S.

    • Dirk Prophet

      Thank you for that.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Actually, the situation was not that dire in 1967. A CBS News poll found that only a majority (more than half) Americans believed homosexuality should be a crime. And that was the same year that the UK decriminalized it.

      • GayOldLady

        The poll was a global survey. And most of the States did have laws against being gay in 1967.

        “When was Homosexuality Legalized in the US? It differs by state; reform started in 1962, is mostly in place between 1986 – 2014, and is still ongoing.”

        See Sodomy Laws in the US.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodomy_laws_in_the_United_States

      • Schlukitz

        Actually, it was that dire! Apparently, you are too young to remember what a living hell life was like for LGBT folks back in the day.

        I was arrested in 1967 and spent the night in the infamous Tombs at 100 Centre Street in Manhattan simply for being in the vicinity of the Christopher Street Piers, a well-known area for gay cruising.

        At that time, NYC had a law on the books that forbade the gathering of three or more homosexuals on any city street.

        Gay owned and operated bars were also against the law and existed only because of the Mafia who greased the palms of the local police precincts so that they could operate. I could go on, ad infinitum, about the hundreds of ways in which LGBT folks were discriminated against and suffered at the hands of the haters but I think you get the point.

  • Friday

    Well, there’s positiveness in this world, since this poll shows twice as many or more worldwide actually support full LGBT equality, ….this criminalization thing is actually a minority position even where they are governed by bigots.

  • Distingué Traces

    As someone who grew up when it was the overwhelmingly prevalent opinion in the US that homosexuality should be illegal, it’s extraordinary to me that according to this poll it’s now a minority opinion everywhere — even in areas where such laws actually still are on the books.

    Not to be too much of a Pollyanna (there are places where we are still being thrown off roofs etc), but the pace of change on this in just the past few decades has been truly amazing.

  • downtownla

    I’m always impressed by the countries in South America. Good work. As for the Asian numbers, if you look in the report, there’s a notable difference between the South Asian (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh) and Central Asian (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan) countries versus the East (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and China) and Southeast Asian countries (Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia). The East Asian and Southeast Asian numbers are much better. It would be good if they separated that out in the future, so we know exactly how to prioritize and strategize.

  • Do Something Nice

    Forgive me for disagreeing, but it looks like the majority of people everywhere do not support criminalizing ‘homosexuality.’ This is good news.

    • Natty Enquirer

      However, less than a majority disagrees.

      • Do Something Nice

        Glass half empty/full. Here’s a statistic we often hear:

        50% of all marriages will end in divorce.

        Now saying it another way:

        50% of all marriages last forever.

        The above survey shows that there is a lot of work to be done, but I’m really surprised at how good the numbers are for LGBTs.

        • AmeriCanadian

          My favorite response to the glass half full/half empty argument is that the glass is at 50% capacity. Wordplay.

          • Karl Dubhe

            I loved the response “there’s room for more VODKA!” myself.

          • pch1013

            Or, alternately: “the glass is twice as large as it needs to be.”

          • AmeriCanadian

            Ooh I like that one too! It’s kind of a slap down.

        • Natty Enquirer

          What you are missing is that around 20 percent have no opinion. So while it is true that the majority do not agree, neither does a majority disagree.

          • Do Something Nice

            Still, these numbers are a huge improvement over the 2013 Pew survey.

  • Eric Lewis

    The religious rights investment in Africa seems to be paying off for them.

  • OdieDenCO

    nice to see the world wide deplorable percentage is below 30%

  • Karl Dubhe

    Strange way to report that story…

    I’d have written it up as how it’s a majority, or a plurality anyhow, of people who oppose criminalizing homosexuality. 🙂

    Let’s start looking at the bright side of life. dah dah dee dah dee dah dee dah.

    • greenmanTN

      Well aren’t you Little Mary Sunshine today! 😉

      • Karl Dubhe

        I got laid 6 years ago, it’s the anniversary. 🙂

  • Tom000

    Must of that opinion in Africa is due to government requirements imposed because of “suggestions” by visiting Officials of the U.S. Government. (i.e. James Mountain Inhofe, senior United States senator from Oklahoma)

  • Dayglo

    Feels like I’ve had Thanksgiving dinners with every one of those people in that 28% group.

    • AmeriCanadian

      By choice?

  • chrisinphx

    In other news people fucking suck.

  • Ninja0980

    Religion is poison, simple as that.

  • narutomania

    Yeah. Because the results of a “poll” should be the basis of every law that governs a nation.

    Tell you what. Let’s have a poll and ask people about their thoughts on Civil Rights. I am 100% sure that we could find a large number of people who support …

    … no equal rights for people of colour.
    … legalizing slavery.
    … making it illegal for women to own property.
    … making it illegal for women to vote.

    See what I mean? Any dumb-shit idea out there has its supporters. Let’s do the right thing and ignore them all.

    • andrew

      I’m 100% sure that you would find a very small number of people in the USA who would support any of the ideas that you have listed above.

      • narutomania

        I reside in southern Georgia. I hear people talking about those things. Including slavery.

  • Brock C

    A ‘worldwide’ survey of 150,000 people? Is that a representative sample? And does anyone know anyone who participated?

  • Len Ricci

    I think 28 per cent (or more) of the bigoted right wing Christian fundamentalists and all those nutjobs that are part of the many Hate-groups ought to be imprisoned just because they are the true criminals in this world.. not the fun loving gay people.

  • motordog

    To put a bit of a positive spin on it, I’m surprised that many respondents in Africa and the Middle East actually are against recriminalizing. Yeah, it should be close to 100% in a perfect world, but I just assumed even those who aren’t rabidly homophobic would still toe the party line.

  • andrew

    Not surprisingly the most backward areas of the world like Africa, the Middle East and Asia are the most anti LGBT areas of the world.

  • Kevin Andrews

    With the Arabs, the Ugandan “Kill The Gays” crap all started by lying vile homophobic Missionary of Hate in their insane rants; the good news is that we are winning the hearts and minds of the educated, informed and aware.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/14dfdf24702dc50ae808fc781993b77a29055607c6b5826da29e804ee2998d46.png

  • Kevin Andrews
  • Alexodia

    Those neither Agree nor disagree bother me more. It means they don’t care about their fellows. At least I can fight those who agree. Apathy is much harder to beat.

  • Those numbers are far better than I thought they would be.

    • leastyebejudged

      Compared to just 25 years ago, it’s shocking.

  • Rick Hammond

    I like to think that 72% of the world believes that I have a rightful place in it.

  • JCF

    “In the UK, one in six (17%) people said they believe that same-sex couples should be charged.”

    Shocking. I sincerely hope most of that 17% is (very) elderly…

  • leastyebejudged

    Seems about right, it’s an Islam thing !

  • Edmund Allin

    Well, the most backward areas are the most conservative, which is not a surprise, really. Africa has a long way to go, as does the Middle East. Nevertheless, interesting to note that something like 30% in the former and 40% in the latter – in countries where homosexuality is probably illegal anyway – are against criminalisation. Not much different to early 1960s Britain. One lives in hope.