A poll of 1,968 people conducted by YouGov for Stonewall Scotland has revealed that three in five people believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Scots face public prejudice in Scotland today with more than four in five of those saying it’s right to tackle that prejudice.
Living Together Scotland 2012 shows that two thirds of people support same-sex marriage with half of people of faith supporting the proposal. The YouGov poll also shows that in the last 5 years 162,000 Scots of working age have witnessed verbal homophobic or transphobic bullying in the workplace and 54,000 Scots of working age have witnessed physical homophobic or transphobic bullying in the workplace. Fifty eight per cent of people aged 18-29 say there was homophobic bullying in their school.
Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland said: ‘ We pride ourselves in being seen as a nation of tolerance and respect but this poll only highlights that for thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Scots the reality is very different. We only have to look at some of the deeply offensive comments made by senior clerics about gay people recently – likening loving same-sex relationships to polygamy and calling them grotesque- to see that prejudice still remains in some quarters.
‘Thankfully, the research shows that the majority of Scots say this sort of behaviour is not good enough and they want to see it tackled. There is a long way to go before we can say 21st Century Scotland is truly tolerant but it is clear that people expect brave and bold leadership to transform Scotland into the kind of country we can be proud of and want to live in.’
YouGov conducted a survey of 1,968 adults from across Scotland. Fieldwork was undertaken between 23 February and 28 February 2012. .The figures have been weighted and are representative of adults across Scotland.
The full report is available at www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/LivingTogether
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