A new survey has revealed that acceptance of homosexuality is broadly rising across the world.
The survey, by US think tank Pew Research Center, found that an average of 52% of people across 34 countries believe that homosexuality should be accepted, with 38% against.
Regional divisions remain in evidence, however. While most people in the Americas and Western Europe advocate acceptance, a majority in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East are opposed.
Younger people are far more likely than older generations to be accepting of homosexuality. This was starkly in evidence in South Korea, where nearly 80% of respondents aged 18 to 29 embraced the issue, compared with 23% of the over-50s.
Gay sex is still illegal in 68 countries, six of which impose the death penalty for homosexual acts, according to figures provided by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association (ILGA).
Commenting, Pew Research Center’s Jacob Poushter told Reuters: “The long-term trend has been a general rise in acceptance that might not be as impacted by the changes in the overall laws.
“What we see is that it’s the demographic factors underlying this that generally make a lot of difference.”
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