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Four in five Chinese agree gays deserve equal rights in workplace

Four in five Chinese agree gays deserve equal rights in workplace

Four out of five people in China agree that LGBTI people should have equal rights in terms of job opportunities and 83% believe workplace cultures should welcome all regardless of sexual orientation, according to a survey released today.

YouGov, WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals’ first annual national research study on the LGBT social climate in China was conducted from 21 November 26 November with a qualified sample size of 2,400 respondents across tier 1 through tier 3 cities and across nationally representative profiles.

‘This data shows how being out in life and at work impacts society, changing hearts and minds,’ said Steven Paul Bielinski, founder of WorkForLGBT and Shanghai LGBT Professionals, in a statement.

‘Those that know someone who is gay or lesbian in China are 35% more likely than those who don’t to say society should accept homosexuality, 70% more likely to say their attitude has become more accepting of gays and lesbians over the past few years, and 74% more likely to say they support same-sex marriage.’

The study was conducted via online surveys, which YouGov’s China general manager, Min Yoo, noted seemd to get extremely honest answers to traditionally sensitive and personal topics, with data that may surprise the general public as well as the LGBTI community.

‘Of course the data is exciting and encouraging, but it’s not at all surprising to us that we are getting data that is consistently more open and honest about traditionally very personal matters,’ he said.

‘People are comfortable communicating and sharing information via digital devices and platforms as they don’t feel they are being judged. We know this allows us to get more accurate reads on perceptions and opinions.’

Executive director of PFLAG China A Qiang said, ‘According to the survey, 21% of people in China today know someone who is LGBT, demonstrating that the number of people coming out of the closet is increasing rapidly as the social climate slowly gets better.’