The Netherlands is no longer the leading country in the world about gay friendliness. Spain and the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Sweden and Iceland are more tolerant. This is the conclusion of an investigation over gay acceptance of the social and Cultural Planning Office (SCP) that appears today.
The research, commissioned by the Ministry of education, culture and science, is held every 2 years. In 2013 and 2011, the Netherlands were leading the list. That’s over.
‘Minister Jet Bussemaker: ‘ We went very fast and very far concerning legislating of equal rights. Other countries do that now as well. I’m just glad that many European countries do it now as well. ‘
In our country is the number of cases of violence against gays increased in recent years considerably. Doubled the number of violent incidents between 2011 and 2013 against gays and lesbians. Yet the SCP concludes that we are not more negative towards homosexuality. Since the 1960s we have always been positive towards homosexuality and that trend is still in 2015.
However, there are limits to our tolerance. Dutch people aged 18 and over think gay marriage is fine, but 35 percent disapproves two men kissing. Sex between two men is seen by 27% of population as disgusting. They are more positive about two women who are kissing, because 24 percent disapproves this.
Tanja Ineke, President of the COC says: ‘ The layer of acceptance in Netherlands is quite thin. The real acceptance stays behind. How many people don’t look to horror movies? And then they disapprove something innocuous and lovable as a kiss between two men? ‘
Of the countries that catch up with regard to gay-acceptance, is especially Spain very special. The Catholic country has undergone a remarkable and rapid transition, according to the SCP. The gay marriage was possible in 2005. Also social acceptance increased.
That is not what happened in all countries. Minister Jet Bussemaker, which has in its portfolio, emancipation is particularly concerned about homophobic legislation in countries such as Hungary, Lithuania and Russia.
She says: ‘ But also Turkey, where transgender people have a hard time. It’s super important that all countries work towards equal rights. ‘