Average levels of acceptance for LGBTQ people and their rights have increased globally since 1980, but acceptance has become more polarized, according to new research from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. The research, which was broken down into a trio of reports, used data compiled from global and regional public opinion surveys from 141 countries between 1980 and 2014. The main report used the Williams Institute’s new “Global Acceptance Index” to measure and compare LGBTQ acceptance globally, and two additional reports analyzed the effects of LGBTQ inclusion on nations’ political environments and economic performances. The first report, “Polarized Progress,” found 80 countries (57 percent) experienced increases in LGBTQ acceptance, 46 countries (33 percent) experienced a decline and 15 countries (11 percent) experienced no change.
May 3 / NBC News