Societal attitude towards homosexuality has not been so friendly. It varies across different cultures and historical periods. Every culture has its own norms on same-sex marriage, some sanction it while others do not consider it a respectful act.
Earlier, a few percent of the population had a positive attitude towards homosexuality and the lowest was 1% acceptance in 2002. With the advancement, people started understanding it is completely natural to get attracted towards the same sex.
In 2019, 72% of the US population is ready to accept and respect homosexuality while only 37% of India’s population nodded. In 1996, 68% of Americans didn’t stand in the favor of same-sex marriage.
From 1988 to 2009, an increase of 1%-1.5% has been noticed in our culture every year and about 4% from April 2009 to August 2010.
Over the past two decades, a dramatic increase has been noticed in the acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriages. Parents don’t mind their children marrying the same sex.
There are NGOs and various other firms that are constantly working towards the betterment of this section. These organizations are training them to walk with their heads high and not feel ashamed of their identity.
They are actively urging them to enter different fields and exhibit their strength to work. In 2019, our Prime Minister released a statement favoring the LGBTQ community that they should be given a fair chance to work.
Getting attracted to the same sex or taking birth with another gender is not a sin. You can live your life the way you want. You can appear for your favorite job anytime you want. In fact, none of the job application forms or exam forms ask about your sexuality. This is something very private and it is your choice whether you want to share it or not.
According to a survey, countries with higher GDP have more acceptance towards homosexuality while countries with a per-capita income of less than $10,000 are not supportive. These countries include Kenya, Nigeria, and Ukraine.
When talking about viewpoints based on age groups, the youth in 22 out of 34 countries has a supportive attitude towards homosexuality.
According to the 2019 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC), the US has 543,000 same-sex married couples while they have 469,000 unmarried couples. This shows the acceptance of homosexuality. While India does not recognize same-sex marriages even today.
The age factor is strongly related to the acceptance of homosexuality. 83% of people belonging to the age group 18-29 accept homosexuality and same-sex marriages and 72% from 30-49 favor it. 65% of people belonging to 50-64 are supporting while only 58% of people belonging to 65+ stand in its favor.
Apart from social acceptance, moral acceptance of homosexuality is equally important. 69% of American population says gay or lesbian relationships are morally acceptable while 30% of population says it is not acceptable. The other 1% is neutral and thus have no opinion.
Falling for someone who does not belong to opposite sex is natural and it should be acceptable. Although the graph of the US is better than many countries, it is not acceptable 100%. The idea is to make people understand the remaining population that there is nothing wrong in same-sex marriages. They can raise a child, spend a happier life which is going to affect happiness index of the country.
Author: Yamini Sharma
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