Half or more in most of the 40 nations polled say that homosexuality is unacceptable. Nine-in-ten or more hold this view in seven nations. However, Europeans are much less likely to say homosexuality is unacceptable – this is especially true in Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Britain, and Italy, where about 20% or fewer express this opinion.

Click on the source link to see the full chart.

The proposed language is specific in saying “respect from human diversity policy must accommodate pupils who want to establish and lead activities and organizations that promote gender equity, antiracism, the awareness and understanding of, and respect for, people who are disabled by barriers, or the awareness and understanding of, and respect for, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities; and use the name “gay-straight alliance” or any other name that is consistent with the promotion of a positive school environment that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils.”
(via The Global Divide on Homosexuality | Pew Global Attitudes Project)
Lots more charts and graphs at the source link.
"The survey of publics in 39 countries finds broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America, but equally widespread rejection in predominantly Muslim nations and in Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia. Opinion about the acceptability of homosexuality is divided in Israel, Poland and Bolivia."

(via The Global Divide on Homosexuality | Pew Global Attitudes Project)

Lots more charts and graphs at the source link.


"The survey of publics in 39 countries finds broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America, but equally widespread rejection in predominantly Muslim nations and in Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia. Opinion about the acceptability of homosexuality is divided in Israel, Poland and Bolivia."

Trans teen skates with hockey hero he named himself after

What a sweet story. Hockey has certainly changed since I was a kid.
An amateur hockey goaltender from Canada, who is an open trans advocate, met his hero on the ice rink

Cory Oskham met his hockey hero Vancouver Canucks star Cory Schneider at the ice rink.

A 16-year-old trans teenager from Canada always dreamed of meeting Vancouver Canucks hockey star Cory Schneider, but it always felt like he would never get there.

But for Cory Oskham, his dreams became reality when he met the star and shared the ice with his hero.

On 21 January, the teen and advocate was preparing to give one of his speeches on homophobia and transphobia in schools at the Dare to Stand Out Vancouver conference.

Just before the presentation, his mother wowed him by revealing his hero had heard about the teen and wanted to skate with him that day.

‘I’m a really big card collector,’ Oskham told the official Canucks website. ‘I was collecting all kinds of cards and my mom said to pick my favourite and collect him – it was getting a bit out of control.

‘Then I opened a pack of cards and pulled a really sick Cory Schneider card. It just clicked; I needed to start collecting him.

‘Around the time I started collecting Schneider, it was time to pick a name. I went through a handful: Will, William, Matt, Matthew, none of them really felt right, then my mom suggested Cory and I started using it around the house. It felt very right. Cory felt very right.’

Oskham, who also plays as goaltender for the Brittania School Hockey Academy, began taking hormone blockers at age nine and started taking testosterone a year and a half ago.

‘I went into high school not who I am, but being in grade 10 now I feel very much like part of the high school,’ Oskham said.

‘I felt like an outsider, but now I have a great support system and a great group of friends, which I’ve never had before. Life is great.’

Maria’s story (by Christopher Doyle)

Maria had anxiety over being sexually attracted to girls and couldn’t imagine telling anyone about her feelings. Some young people with homosexual feelings don’t want to be gay and seek a different path. In Acception, students are taught to accept and appreciate the differences of all those who experience homosexual feelings. As Maria got closer to her family and friends, her sexual feelings for girls gradually went away (although this didn’t happen overnight). Watch more of Maria’s story of self-discovery and acceptance in the 2012 film “Acception”…

Jane Lynch on the Rachel Maddow show discussing the evolution of queer acceptance and just being her usual witty self.


Study: Majority of US Latinos accepting of gay people
6 April 2012, 10:34pm

A study released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center has found that 59 per cent of US Latinos think that society should be accepting of homosexuality, while this figure climbs nine per cent higher with second generation Hispanics.

The findings of the study correlates well with that of the US at large, where younger generations are more accepting of sexual diversity than the older generations. 69 per cent of 18-29 year-olds, and 60 per cent of 30-49 year-olds have said that homosexuality should be accepted by society.

Another interesting finding of the study is that where the Latinos were born also correlated with levels of acceptance. While 53 per cent of immigrant Hispanics had inclusive feelings about sexual minorities, 68 per cent of second generation Latinos felt the same way. With immigration from Latin American countries declining, and native-born Hispanic population on the rise, it would seem, the study suggests, that the ethnic group will move with the rest of the US in becoming more inclusive of LGBT people.

All of which might disappoint the National Organization of Marriage (NOM), of which, it was revealed a week ago that it sought to ”drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key Democratic constituencies,” and use “glamorous, young Latinos and Latinas, especially artists, actors, musicians, athletes, writers and other celebrities willing to stand up for marriage.”

Trans Youth Face Higher Risk Of Abuse, Mental Health Problems If Not Affirmed

Two new studies on transgender and gender nonconforming youth have been published in last month’s volume of Pediatrics that provide further evidence that young people need to be accepted and affirmed for their identities. Not only do they face severe mental health consequences from stigma, but they are at higher risk for family abuse as well.

The first study (full article) found that young people who experience gender dysphoria but cannot access treatment face higher rates of psychiatric problems. Many of the kids in this study (21.6 percent) already had a history of self-mutilation or attempted suicide before seeking treatment, but helping them achieve congruence between mind and body alleviated the mental health burden. The study recommended that doctors and counselors work with families to affirm gender variation so that it does not become a source of internal conflict for the transgender child.

This approach is not without its own challenges, as the second study (full article) found that stigma against gender variation is often too close to home. In fact, gender nonconformity is a high risk factor for children to be sexually, physically, or psychologically abused, and that abuse can lead to a lifetime of post-traumatic stress disorder that often goes untreated.  The abuse can reflect parents’ discomfort with gender nonconformity, their homophobia, or a sense that their own parenting is to blame.

An accompanying editorial highlights the fact that not all young people who question or explore their gender are truly transgender, but the available research indicates the importance of affirming that exploration and assessing potential challenges the child might face:

The pediatrician or family medicine doctor should be on the lookout for the child who is gender nonconforming… The pediatrician who observes gender nonconformity should address the issue straightforwardly and look for a number of associated psychosocial problems including abuse, PTSD, difficulty in school, depression, or increased anxiety. Referral to and working with the mental health professional provides a good safety net for the child as he/she struggles with exploration of gender orientation, gender, and gender role as well as the related conditions. If indicated, adolescent patients might be referred to a pediatric endocrinologist for help in getting a better long-term physical outcome.

Though conservatives consistently object to any discussion of LGBT issues with young people, it seems it is young people and their families who need those conversations most.

Increasing acceptance of gay life in India, report shows
Law school’s report says that LGBT people have ‘increased self-confidence’ since 2009’s decriminalisation of gay sex
Badlaav Samiti at World Aids Day rally

A report from a top law school in India has found there’s been greater societal acceptance and a decrease of police harassment of LGBT people since the decriminalisation of gay sex in 2009.

Delhi’s Jindal Global Law School’s report said: ‘There is a growing societal acceptance for Gay, MSM and Kothi [trans] men. Many respondents (LGBT members) stated that the societal perception of homosexuals is changing and people were treating them with respect’.

The report was compiled from face-to-face interviews with 32 LGBT people in Delhi from February to October 2011. ‘It is evident from the study that decriminalization of section 377 has led to increased self-confidence and self-acceptance amongst the respondents,’ the report said. ‘Some respondents also reported that they could now argue with the police since they know there is no section 377 in the law books any more’.

Under section 377 of the Indian penal code gay sex was punishable by up to life imprisonment but in 2009 the high court in Delhi decriminalised the act among consenting adults in private.

The decision is currently being debated in the supreme court in Delhi, where anti-gay rights groups have brought petitions challenging the 2009 verdict. The law school said that preliminary interviews from their report were submitted to the supreme court for the debate.

Professor Dipika Jain, the report’s author, said: ‘It is evident from the study that there has been a positive impact on the LGBT community in Delhi and a country wide decriminalisation is bound to positively impact the lives of this community and their right to live with dignity.’

One of the aspects currently being debated in the supreme court is whether the 2009 ruling applies only to Delhi or to the whole country.

But Rajneesh Langer, project officer for Badlaav Samiti, an LGBT support and HIV awareness organisation in Indore in central India, says that a change in attitudes to gay people is only happening in big cities, not in comparatively small cities like Indore.

‘If you got to metros like Bombay, Delhi and big cities, the scene is entirely different,’ Langer told Gay Star News. ‘But small cities haven’t moved forward. One of my staff, whenever he goes out on the street people stare at him and make fun of him. They know that we are gay so they’ll make fun of us.’

It’s 2012. Do you know where your transgender children are?

It’s 2012. Do you know where your transgender children are?

Cisgender America, frightened of change and anxious about its identity, is in a panic over the growing visibility of gender-variant kids.

You’ve probably heard about the Girl Scouts of America’s decision to include trans girls, and you’ve probably heard about the decision’s considerable backlash.

You might have read about the bravely loving Maines family, who’ve supported the female identity of their now fourteen-year-old trans daughter, Nicole — or you might have read the many diatribes directed at the Maines family, calling them foolish, abusive, and other worse epithets.

Something out of the ordinary happens when cisgender adults talk about transgender children. People who wouldn’t normally make a child’s genitals a public issue are suddenly desperate to publicly scrutinize and debate the intimate details of children’s bodies. Some of these bodies belong to kids as young or younger than seven, like Bobby Montoya, the first openly trans Girl Scout.

Reactionary adults write op-eds insisting that Nicole Maines is a boy, because they perceive her body to be a boy’s, and they question her family’s decision to listen to their child about her needs. They organize boycotts of Girl Scout cookies, claiming that letting children with “male” bodies into Girl Scout camp will put the other Scouts in danger of sexual assault. They coach a preteen girl to speak transphobic hate in a propagandic anti-Girl Scout YouTube video.

Plenty of trans-positive people have called out these reactionaries on their transphobia and their quickness to judge, but as yet no one has stood up and said in the loudest voice they can: “You guys, this is creepy.” I’d like to say that now.

You guys, this is creepy. We are having a public conversation about whether children have the “right” or “wrong” genitals. We are allowed to do this, publicly, without any consequence–as long as those children are transgender. This is more than creepy. It is deeply unsettling. It frightens me.

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Family Acceptance Key In Preventing Gay Youths From Considering Suicide
A new study pinpoints signs that LGBT teens may be at risk for suicide and suggests how to intervene.
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A new study pinpoints signs that LGBT teens may be at risk for suicide and suggests how to intervene.

Chances are you’ve seen a YouTube video featuring _______ (fill in a celebrity’s name) telling America’s gay teens that “it gets better.”

There are a slew of them promising that the bullying will eventually subside and that life will improve, if teens can just hang in there.

It’s a fitting campaign in light of suicide sitting third on the list of causes of death among young people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for young people who happen to be gay, it’s even a bigger threat. They’re four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers.

When it comes to protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens from considering suicide, a study involving about 250 of them has identified several risks and one major protective factor.

"This is the first data pointing us to where we can act," study author Brian Mustanski tells Shots. “This is the first study to look at the thoughts and behaviors of suicide. It lets us look at what those predictors are.”

In the study, the LGBT participants who had an impulsive personality and a history of suicide attempts thought about killing themselves more often. And, in what should be abundantly clear these days, young people who were harassed for their sexual orientation were more likely to consider suicide, the researchers found.

So what stopped death from popping into the participants’ minds? A strong support system of family and friends acted like a protective mental shield against perilous thoughts. The teens who knew they could open up to their parents about their problems seemed to fare better by having a positive influence on their thoughts.

The findings — specific to LGBT youth — could help health care professionals, teachers, family members and friends pick up on the precursor signs of suicide contemplation.

The results appear in the latest issue of American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Previous research on LGBT adolescents has only looked at their risk of actually attempting suicide, he says, not the predictors that make them vulnerable to it or protect them from it. Mustanski, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, kept tabs on the LGBT volunteers, ages 16-20 at the start, in the Chicago area for 2 1/2 years. About one-third of the group had attempted suicide before.

Those attempts shouldn’t be taken lightly. “Some people don’t want to take [suicide attempts] seriously, but our research suggests that making an attempt is predictive of the future,” he says. That means more suicidal thoughts and attempts may lie down the road.

Mustanski stresses the importance of that safety net of family and friends for a teen to fall back on. That net starts being woven when kids come out to their parents. A reaction of acceptance and not judgment lets the kid know that his or her parents are approachable and love them, he says.

This support comes in handy should the kid feel rejected at school or become the target of bullies. “Those experiences are toxic,” he says. A family that stands behind its son or daughter, as the study shows, is a key deterrent to suicidal thoughts.

To help improve the environment at school, Mustanski suggests an expansion of educational programs and school clubs, such as Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and Gay-Straight Alliance. He says that these groups can help LGBT youth feel less vulnerable and more accepted. They may also curb bullying on campuses, he says, and that, in turn, could reduce the frequency of suicidal thoughts among LGBT students.

80% of China’s youth not homophobic
Dating website poll reveals over 80% born after 1980 have no problem with homosexuality
Jiayuan dating website, which does not cater to gay people despite running a survey which showed 80% of those born after 1980 do not disapprove of homosexuality

A poll on China’s popular dating website Jiayuan has revealed that more than 80% of those born after 1980 ‘do not disapprove of homosexuality’, providing more evidence of the widening generation gap.

The Xinhua news agency reported on Monday that 85,439 people answered the survey on jiayuan.com. The results showed that 83 % born between 1980 and 1989, as well as 82% of those born after 1990, do not have a problem with homosexuality.

Twenty-eight-year-old Zhao Siqi, who is gay and lives in Shanghai, is not surprised by the survey. ‘Nowadays, this thing becomes less important to young people,’ he told Gay Star News. ‘Young people can get rich information about LGBT [life] through manga, American TV shows, and foreign popstars which their parents can’t reach. The more you know, the less you discriminate.’

Zhao presents a hopeful image of the future for gay people in China. ‘I think, when this generation grows-up, more will come out and fight for their legal rights. The day is coming.’

Despite this sign of acceptance of gay life in China, Jiayuan, the dating site that ran the survey only caters to men seeking women and women seeking men.

Surprising results to first ever LGBT employees survey in India
Out employees are more successful at top Indian companies
Mingle's LGBT Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Survey sample

Openly gay employees at companies like Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Google and IBM in India are happier and more successful in their careers if they are out of the closet.

The results of the first Mingle (Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment) LGBT Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Survey showed that employees who are out of the closet have greater trust in the employers, are more likely to have entrepreneurial aims, are more satisfied with their rate of promotion, feel more loyal to their organisation and are more likely to stay working for their company, than their closeted counterparts.

‘The survey negates a lot of myths that we had, especially the fear that when LGBT employees come out there is going to be a lot of harassment and negative impact on their professional life,’ Udayan Dhar who co-ordinated the project at Mingle told Gay Star News.

‘In every single aspect that we tried to cover with regards to performance, happiness, job satisfaction or employee engagement, it is the openly LGBT employees who faired, not greatly better, but a significant degree better than employees who are closeted. So the lesson for all LGBT employees is, staying in the closet is not actually a very good idea.’

Four hundred and fifty-five respondents from 17 top companies answered the survey. Sixty-five % of respondents were gay men, 25% were lesbians and 10% were bisexual.

The fact that there were no transexual respondents suggests that they are facing discrimination before they get into the workplace in India.

A third of respondents reported harassment at the workplace and nearly 80% reported hearing homophobic comments in their offices. But most out LGBT employees had not experienced discrimination from their managers.

Dhar said that another striking aspect of the survey is LGBT employees awareness of companies’ diversity and inclusion policies - 90% said that those policies are a factor they consider before joining a company.

‘Because of this, employers have to take this into consideration, otherwise, if they aim to attract and retain the best talent, they can not do it while ignoring almost 10 per cent of the workforce,’ said Dhar.

Mingle will now meet with the employers covered by the survey to advise them on how they can improve their treatment of their LGBT employees.

‘A lot of manager from these organisations have asked us for more details, so they want to engage on this issue,’ said Dhar.

The full results of the survey are available on Mingle’s website here.

Mi smo dio ekipe! We are part of the team! (by cgocce2002)

Video clip “We are part of the team!”, by Danilo Marunovic, was produced by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and LGBT Forum Progress in cooperation with Coala Production, with support of Canadian Embassy.

The aim of the project “It’s OK to be different”, which part is this video clip, is to contribute to the development of the culture of human rights and sustainable democratic society through the series of activities, with the focus on strengthening of social capacities in promotion of LGBT rights and anti discrimination policies.

Spot „Mi smo dio ekipe!”, autora Danila Marunovića, producirali su Centar za građansko obrazovanje (CGO) i LGBT Forum Progres u saradnji sa Coala Production, uz podršku Kanadske ambasade.
Cilj projekta «U redu je biti drugačiji!», kroz koji je spot realizovan je da kroz čitav niz aktivnosti doprinese izgradnji kulture ljudskih prava i održivog demokratskog društva, sa fokusom na jačanje društvenih kapaciteta u promociji LGBT prava i antidiskriminacionih politika.


Interesting the Canadian Embassy supported the production of this PSA.


INFOGRAPHIC: Recognition Of Same-Sex Couples Surges Since 1996

 Third Way presents a new report on how relationship recognition for same-sex couples has changed in the 15 years since the Defense of Marriage Act first became law. This infographic summarizes some of the most dramatic improvements in public attitudes: