Russians believe gay people are ‘reprehensible’

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Members and supporters of the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) community take part in a May Day rally in Saint Petersburg on May 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia is known for rife homophobic attitudes and scandalous homophobic laws like ‘gay propaganda law’. Polling this week, reported in the Moscow Times, found that Russians are unlikely to be aware what homosexuality is. Research carried out by independent Russian polling agency the Levada Center found that 83 percent of respondents consider it “always reprehensible” or “almost always reprehensible” for two people of the sam sex to get intimate. In total, 69 percent said gay sex is “always” unacceptable, 14 percent “almost always” unacceptable, 5 percent “sometimes” unacceptable, and 8 percent never unacceptable. While previous polling had found that younger people were more likely to be tolerant of same-sex relations, nowadays the difference between the respondents of different age is not significant. The poll, which had a sample size of 1,600, was carried out in 48 Russian regions from December 15-20.

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