Drupal Association Shares Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTI People

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Taking the awareness campaign on Queer people to the next level, the Drupal Association today tweeted about the first ever ILGA-RIWI 2016 Global Attitudes Survey on LGBTQ+ people. This was reportedly the first global survey to ascertain public attitudes toward LGBTQ+ people and shines a light on some troubling findings, describes the tweet. 

The Drop Times had earlier reported that Drupal Association is celebrating PrideMonth and as part of it, had released Pride themed Drupal Swag

International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) had partnered with RIWI Corp., a Canada-based global trend-tracking and prediction technology company, to conduct the survey. Logo, a US-based media brand, was also roped in for this 2016 effort. Logo, inspired by the LGBT community,  analyses and disseminates survey findings in various media settings in the US and internationally.

There were 31 survey questions, 26 of which were substantively probing attitudes to LGBTI people and issues, five related to respondent profile. In total, 96,331 respondents completed the full battery of questions on perceptions of LGBTI people. 

The 65 countries surveyed in this study were selected for geographic representation across and within the Americas, Europe, Asia (including the Middle East), Africa, and Oceania. Those selected were hypothesized to represent a diverse range of social conditions for LGBTI people, ranging from the most hostile to the most inclusive, according to ILGA members’ work in those regions, and socio-legal research for ILGA’s flagship publication State Sponsored Homophobia: A World Survey of Sexual Orientation Laws: Criminalisation, Protection and Recognition. The survey went out in 22 languages, and was live for 60 days over December 2015/January 2016. 

There are, inevitably, troubling and positive findings from this survey. For instance, 68% of the world (78% Africa, 77% Asia, 64% Americas, 61% Europe, 44% Oceania) would be upset (‘very’ or ‘somewhat’) if their child told them that they were in love with someone of the same sex, while only 28% worldwide (17% Africa, 25% Asia, 31% Americas, 34% Europe, 49% Oceania) would find it acceptable if a male child always dressed and expressed himself as a girl. 

The Survey results can be downloaded as a pdf from

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