Two-thirds of parents would be upset if their child told them they were gay, a global study by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) has found.
The report, in aid of IDAHOT this week, surveyed 96,000 people in 53 countries. It also found that just 28% of respondents around the world were accepting of transgender individuals. The report was conducted in tandem with technology company RIWI Corp.
The research concluded that ‘These responses signal how deeply entrenched hetero-normative concepts of sexual orientation and gender identity still are in the world population, despite the differences between regions.’
Half of world thinks being LGBT should be a crime
Despite the finding that the majority of parents would find it difficult to accept their child as gay, the study also found that 67% of the world thought human rights should apply to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Conversely, however, after amassing data from all 53 countries, ILGA found 47% of the world thinks being LGBT should be a crime. Broken down by region, 45% of people in Africa believed being LGBT should be criminalized, followed by 34% in Asia, 15% in the Americas, 17% in Europe and 14% in Oceania.
Same-sex parents and their rights around the world
The ILGA also released an independent report for IDAHOT, entitled State Sponsored Homophobia. In looking at the rights of same-sex parents, the study found that joint adoption was legal in 26 out of 53 UN member states (more than half, but mostly in Europe and the Americas), while another 23 countries had legalized same-sex second parent adoption.
ILGA said of the research: ‘We believe in the powerful and liberating acts that information and knowledge produce, and are convinced that this report continues to provide an opportunity to change and challenge norms and practices that continue to oppress LGBTIQ people around the world.’
Both reports’ findings will be used to direct the agendas of NGOs and activists when they are presented at the ILGA World Conference in Bangkok in November, along with an ongoing report looking into worldwide trans legislation.