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Germany: Survey on Discrimination against homosexual and bisexual people

January 13th 2017

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany published the preliminary results of a survey focusing on the perceptions of the mainstream society in relation to homosexual and bisexual people.

The Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency (FADA) in Germany uses so-called Thematic Years to raise awareness about certain topics of discrimination. The theme for 2017 is ‘Equal Rights for every Love’ and focuses on the rights of LGBT people.

FADA has just published the preliminary results of a survey focusing on the perceptions of mainstream society in relation to homosexual and bisexual people. The full survey results will be available in spring 2017.

Selected findings:

  • 8 out of 10 people taking part in the survey agree that homosexual and bisexual people are still discriminated against and treated unfairly in Germany
  • 82,6% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that same-sex couples should have the same rights to enter marriage as opposite-sex couples
  • 79,8% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that same-sex couples should have the same rights to adopt children as opposite-sex couples
  • 74,4% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that same-sex couples should get the same support for in vitro fertilization as opposite- sex couples
  • Until 1994 homosexuality between men was considered a criminal act. 86,1% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree with the statement that convictions under the old laws should be repealed. 69,6% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that the concerned individuals should be offered some form of compensation
  • 9,7% of the people participating in the survey believe homosexuality is immoral (compared to 21,8% in 2006)
  • 18,3% of the people participating in the survey believe that homosexuality is not natural
  • 43,8% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that homosexuals raise too much awareness on their sexual orientation
  • 26,3% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that the topic of homosexuality is too prominent in German media
  • 26,5% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that they prefer not to be confronted with the topic of homosexuality
  • 71,9% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that demonstrations and parades are good means to raise awareness of the rights of homosexuals
  • 10,5% of the people participating in the survey find seeing a hetero couple kissing uncomfortable or very uncomfortable. The amount raises to 27,5% when seeing lesbian women kissing and to 38,4% when seeing gay men kissing
  • 29,3% of the people participating in the survey agree or strongly agree that teaching about sexual diversity in schools can be confusing for children in the development of their sexuality. 26,9% agree or strongly agree that only heterosexual couples should be used to teach children about love and relationships

People tend to feel more strongly when confronted with the topic of homosexuality in their private lives:

  • Working with a lesbian colleague would be uncomfortable or very uncomfortable for 11,8% of the people that participated in the survey (46,1% felt indifferent)
  • Working with a gay colleague would be uncomfortable or very uncomfortable for 12,6% of the people that participated in the survey (44,9% felt indifferent)
  • Having a lesbian teacher for one’s daughter in kindergarten would be uncomfortable or very uncomfortable for 19,6% of the people participating in the survey (41,4% felt indifferent)
  • Having a gay teacher for one’s son in kindergarten would be uncomfortable or very uncomfortable for 24,1% of the people participating in the survey (38,9% felt indifferent)
  • 39,8% of the people participating in the survey would feel uncomfortable or very unconformable if their daughter were lesbian (22,7% felt indifferent)
  • 40,8% of the people participating in the survey would feel uncomfortable or very unconformable if their son were gay (22,4% felt indifferent)

***Find the full report in German here***

38,4% of the people participating in the survey find seeing a gay couple kissing uncomfortable. Only 10,5% are bothered by heterosexual couples.
38,4% of the people participating in the survey find seeing a gay couple kissing uncomfortable. Only 10,5% are bothered by heterosexual couples.
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75,8% agree to lesbian and gay couple being allowed to adopt children together