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Dutch Survey LGBT Acceptance

by Redaktie in Lifestyle & Fashion , 18 September 2015

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In the build-up to the Canal Pride, Dutch news show EenVandaag investigated the state of LGBT acceptance in The Netherlands among her viewers. 67% of the 28,000 respondents think that things are going well, while over a quarter (27%) says the situation is bad. The 1,700 LGBTs that participated are less positive: four out of ten (39%) say that the acceptance of LGBTs in our country is doing badly, and a majority (55%) indicates they do not feel free to walk hand-in-hand on the street.

Almost one out of five LGBT respondents experienced negative behaviour last year, just because of their sexual or gender orientation. Often, this involves abuse, and discrimination/bullying was also mentioned a lot. The largest group, four out of ten (41%), are of the opinion that negative behaviour has increased last year. Another 39 percent thinks it has stayed the same, and only 7 percent feels it has decreased. Many participants experience that followers of Islam find it difficult to deal with homosexuality. However, LHBT acceptance under youth is increasing.

EenVandaag has been taking this survey since 2011, when compulsory education on homo and transsexuality was introduced to secondary schools. In 2011 and 2013, approximately eight out of ten young people thought that the state of LGBT acceptance in The Netherlands was fine. This saw a small increase to 85 percent in 2015.

Especially on secondary school, we see a positive trend: where in 2013 three out of ten (31%) students indicated that their school's climate was LGBT unfriendly, this has now decreased to 21 percent. Much can be improved on secondary schools still, as (52%) of LGBT students indicate that it is hard to ‘come out of the closet’ at their school. Even though a lot of positive stories were sent to the editorial staff of the show, many LGBT youth also communicated having bad experiences.

“I like girls and told my best friend, who told the entire school. The bullying started. I felt so horribly lonely. I could not accept myself and thought I was worthless,” one girl said.

The EenVandaag Opinion panel surveyed 28,456 members of its Opinion panel, which took place from March 26 to April 27, 2015. In the survey, 1,776 respondents indicated that they were homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. After assessment, the survey is representative for six variables - age, gender, education, marital state, distribution over the country, and political preference referring to the 2012 election for the Lower House.

The survey of the EenVandaag youth panel had 1,269 participants. This took place from July 23 to July 30, 2015. Of these respondents, 695 are at secondary school. In this survey, 354 respondents indicated that they were homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. After assessment, the survey is representative for three variables, namely gender, age, and distribution over the country.



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