How tolerant is that, then?
January 26, 2010
In particular, attitudes towards gay people have improved markedly. Back in 1983, 62% of people thought sexual relations between two same-sex adults was “always or mostly” wrong. The figure has dropped dramatically and now stands at 36% (well, as of 2007, which is when the data were collected).
But before we hang out the bunting to congratulate ourselves on our new-found tolerance, let’s remember that means that more than one person in three still thinks that gay sexual relations are wrong. Hardly a ringing endorsement for liberal Britain.
To quote Jean Cocteau: “I will not agree to be tolerated. This damages my love of love and of liberty.”
(Update: Looking at the data, 1987 was the zenith of anti-gay sentiment, when 75% of respondents said gay sex was always or mostly wrong, with only 11% believing it was not wrong at all. That latter figure now stands at 39%).