New Survey Shows LGBT Tolerance Is Rising Globally

It's an encouraging sign.

A British think tank released the results of a global survey that shows tolerance for LGBT people is rising in almost every part of the world. 

The survey is being celebrated as an encapsulation of the progress LGBT rights groups have made spreading tolerance not just in the United States but globally. It was conducted by the Legatum Institute.

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"It is encouraging to see that our 2019 Prosperity Index shows a rise in tolerance towards the LGBT community globally over the past decade," Shaun Flanagan, from the Legatum Institute, told the Japan Times.

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According to the data, Iceland was the most tolerant country towards LGBT people while Tajikistan, in Asia, was the least tolerant. Expressions of acceptance for LGBT people was about one in four a decade ago, but rose to almost a third in the most recent report. Overall, social tolerance toward minority groups went up in 111 of the 167 countries. The acceptance was measured by a Gallup poll asking more than 130,000 people if their city or region was a good place for gay and lesbian people to live.

Despite the progress, Flanagan emphasized that there was still work to be done.

"The LGBT community, as well as other often marginalized groups, such as immigrants, ethnic minorities and religious groups, still face considerable persecution across certain parts of the world today," Flanagan told the Japan Times.

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