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Equality for some

Attitudes toward the rights of LGBTQ+ people have shifted rapidly in many countries over the past three decades. But discrimination persists.

We conducted a survey among 15–24 and 40+ year-olds across 21 countries to explore how childhood is changing.

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More 15-24 year-olds say equal treatment of LGBTQ+ people is very importantMore 40+ year-olds say equal treatment of LGBTQ+ people is very important

While attitudes about discrimination against women and against ethnic, racial and religious minorities don’t diverge clearly between generations, they do when it comes to the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

Here we see young people expressing significantly more concern for equal treatment than older people across nearly all surveyed countries - and in the process, driving positive change.

Large generational differences are apparent in a diverse range of countries…

…from Japan…

…to Spain…

…to Kenya…

…to Peru.

Among young people, who do you think expresses most support for the equal treatment of LGBTQ+ people?

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% who say equal treatment of LGBTQ+ people is very important
Young women
55%
Young men
45%

On average, young women are more likely than young men to say that equal treatment of LGBTQ+ people is very important by about 10 percentage points.

Of all the questions in our poll, this one reveals the biggest difference between the sexes within the young generation.

These findings echo others in our survey: Young women overall express greater concern for equal treatment and for fighting discrimination than young men.

How can we encourage more young men to strengthen their support for equality?

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