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Acceptance and Legality

Timothy Kincaid

December 11th, 2013

Georgetown University’s Eric Voeten looks at comparisons between social acceptance of homosexuality and legality. (WaPo)

Voeten’s interesting article discusses how international pressure impacts nations with low tolerance and how the decision by India’s courts could have challenging consequences.



December 11th, 2013 | LINK

Hi Timothy — odd, I’ve been working (very slowly) on a wider analysis using the WVS. It is showing up some interesting generational tipping points across the 1981-2008 period (5 waves of data). For all the positives, it’s also rather depressing reading for many communities across the globe.

I started in this in response the robotic claims that “even in gay friendly countries like the Netherlands and Sweden, gays show higher rates of mental illness than heterosexuals which (ta da) proves that homosexuality itself causes mental illness.”

Attitudes have changed positively, but data about these ‘gay utopias’ show that even in the Netherlands about 1 in 5 continued to hold very negative attitudes in the most recent wave. In 1981 about 1 in 3 did, as did 50% in Sweden.

When talking about lifetime figures for distress or depression etc, those large proportions of very negative attitudes from comparatively recent times are I think an important factor to consider. If anyone thinks even today that Dutch and Swedish GLBT all grow up without being exposed to these negative attitudes from some… well, consider the facts.

I’ll be happy to send things through when I finish. Just don’t hold your breath waiting.

Timothy Kincaid
December 11th, 2013 | LINK

I look forward to your analysis

December 12th, 2013 | LINK

Interesting that Puerto Rico is in there. As embracing as our population is, seeing it towards the upper half is a bit disheartening for gay acceptance. Holding hands ‘por ahi’ meaning in random places in public will find you in constant quarrels, and kissing will have you stared down upon if not outright confronted. Been there, seen that. I also found that even gay people still have internalized negative views of themselves. I guess though, those that are gay-by-name-only are generally favorably looked upon in the media like our Pedro Serrano and Ricky Martin. Also, I’ve never really had any problems during gay pride or gay bars there.

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