LGBTQIA hatred in Rusia.
Almost one in five Russians believe that members of the LGBTQIA community should be “eliminated.” This is according to the results of a poll done by the Levada Center, which showed that 18% of respondents believed in the “elimination” of LGBTQIA people.
The surprising thing is: The current response is actually already “better”, since in 2015, 21% advocated for LGBTQIA “elimination.”
Similarly, 32% said this year that gays and lesbians should be “isolated from society,” down from 37% five years ago.
“The stigmatization of socially vulnerable people has decreased over the past 30 years, and norms that require helping and not isolating from them have expanded,” Levada sociologist Karina Pipiya was quoted as saying by the Kommersant newspaper.
Levada Center also stressed the “positive” developments, even if the changes are minimal – e.g. over the past five years, 9% of respondents now favor helping the LGBTQIA community, up from 6%; and 32% say they should be “left alone,” up from 24%.
Levada Center’s results showed similar “improved” attitudes toward sex workers, HIV-positive people and the homeless.
Levada Center conducted the survey among 1,614 respondents in 50 Russian regions between February 20-26.