People usually treat lesbians better than gay men, study finds

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The study was published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science to show that 23 different countries from “both Western and non-Western societies” – Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States- tend to be more tolerant and accepting to gay women than to gay men. The disproportion is higher in Eastern Europe, reaching the record high in Russia and Hungary. Spain and India showed almost equal indexes of accepting gay men and gay women. And the study also finds that people are likely to be negatively biased to gay representatives of their own gender – men have negative prejudice against gay men while women find it hard to accept lesbians. Researchers stated: “Only in China, France and Italy did men report more negative attitudes toward lesbian women. In Mexico and the United States, women were significantly more prejudiced than men on the evaluations of lesbian women. But according to Psychology Today they added: “We found that in several countries (including the United States), men and women did not significantly differ in their attitudes toward gay men.”


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