One in ten people still think that LGBT people are ‘dangerous’ to other people and could be ‘cured’, according to a new report released today.
The report comes the same day that the Home Office releases figures detailing an alarming increase in anti-LGBT hate. Transphobic hate crime increased by 37% last year. Sexual orientation rose by 25%. Meanwhile, disability rose by 14%, race by 11% and religious hate by 3%. The figures cover the increase in recorded hate crime between 2017/18 and 2018/19.
Whilst the majority of people polled were supportive of LGBT+ equality, the results revealed concerning proportions of negative views:
1 in 5 people said being LGBT+ was ‘immoral or against their beliefs’. This rose to 1 in 4 among 18-24 year olds, higher than other age groups, while 1 in 10 people thought that LGBT+ people were ‘dangerous’ to other people.
“We’ve seen a stark increase in the severity and scale of anti-LGBT violence and abuse over the past few years,” explained Nick Antjoule, Galop’s Head of Hate Crime Services, who released the findings, “This appears to be a symptom of emergent anti-LGBT attitudes and social division across society.
“The fact that anti-LGBT hate crime figures are rising so much faster than race, faith and disability hate crime should be a wake up call for policy makers. We urge action now to address this problem before it escalates further.”
“Our research shows the journey toward LGBT+ equality is far from over. Despite most people in this UK poll voicing support for LGBT+ people; a significant proportion still think we are dangerous, immoral or that we can be ‘cured’.
The polling was based on a representative sample of 1,617 people from across the UK.