Research has suggested over 1 in 5 Scots (21%) would not describe themselves as open-minded and accepting of LGBT lives.
In a survey of 1,005 Scottish people between 3rd and 10th May 2019, it was also found that almost 1 in 10 (8%) would think other people might describe them as homophobic.
The data was released as part of a study into the attitudes and opinions of Scots in 2019 by Censuswide Scotland.
When asked “Do you think of yourself as open-minded and accepting of LGBT people?” nearly 18% of women and 25% of men said they do not. Those over 55yo were also the most likely age group (34%) not to be open-minded or accepting, while young people aged 16 to 24 (11%) were the most open-minded to LGBT lives.
Of the 80 people who said others would describe them as homophobic in the survey sample, older people aged 55yo or above were the biggest age group at 13%, compared at just 6% amongst ‘Millennials’.
Commenting on the survey data, Jordan Fergusson of Censuswide Scotland, told us:
“The opinion poll has been tracking public attitude across a range of important issues in 2019. This particular study looked at how open minded and accepting of LGBT communities the respondents consider themselves, while also asking them to consider how they may be perceived by others.”
“Our results found there to be a number of Scots who do not consider themselves open minded and accepting of LGBT people. The responses vary across the age groups with older people being the least likely to consider themselves open minded.“
Hate crime against LGBT people is at its highest ever recorded level in Scotland, with 1,216 crimes in the year to the end of March 2019 and is up by more than a third in just 3 years.
There have been a number of high profile anti-LGBT crimes reported in recent months too, including the burning of rainbow flags in Fife, homophobic graffiti at a graveyard and an attack on a couple in Edinburgh.
The Scottish Government currently invests around £900,000 a year into 4 main LGBT charities in Scotland (Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland, Stonewall Scotland and LGBT Health & Wellbeing). The equates to just over 12% of the £7.6million budget which provides critical funding to third sector organisations across the country from the Equalities budget.