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Attitudes towards same-sex relations in the UK has dropped by two per cent, according to a survey

The British Social Attitudes survey claimed the UK has levelled off with acceptance towards LGB people

2019-07-11

Words: Steve Brown

Attitudes towards same-sex relationships have dropped by two per cent in the UK.

According to a new survey by the British Social Attitudes (BSA), around 66 per cent of people polled in 2018 said same-sex relations were ‘not wrong at all’.

Although this is still more than half, it is a slight drop from the previous year where 68 per cent of people were fine with same-sex relationships.

Nancy Kelley, deputy chief executive of the National Centre for Social Research, said: "In 1983, people would have been happy to say they are not comfortable with same-sex relations.

"Obviously, attitudes have changed quite a lot since then.

"I think it's reasonable to assume that we will see that same liberalisation as we saw in attitudes to gay and lesbian people with the trans community as the public becomes more accustomed to it."

The survey deduced that the UK has ‘reached a point of plateau’ where acceptance of those not fitting in ‘conventional norms’ has levelled off.

But they argued that there is still ‘some way to go’ in terms of attitudes towards the transgender community.

Figures show that around 83 per cent of people are ‘not prejudiced at all’ towards the trans community.

However, around 15 per cent said they were ‘very’ or ‘a little’ prejudiced.

Nearly half (49 per cent) said they viewed prejudice against the trans community as ‘always’ wrong while six per cent said it was ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ wrong.