Most Icelanders Agree: It's Good To Be Gay In Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Most Icelanders Agree: It’s Good To Be Gay In Iceland

Published August 9, 2015

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Alísa Kalyanova

The results of a new Gallup poll shows most Icelanders believe their country is a great place to be gay. Respondents were not asked how well Iceland treats trans folk.

RÚV reports that 86% of respondents answered positively when asked “Do you feel as though the area where you live is good or bad towards homosexuals?”. 13% said they believed Iceland was neither good nor bad in this regard, and only 2% said they believed it is bad to be gay in Iceland.

Gallup conducted the same poll in many countries around the world. In the final result, only Holland and Spain topped Iceland in terms of the best countries to live for homosexuals. In fact, most of the countries in the top ten were in Europe. At the same time, only 4% of respondents in Senegal, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Burundi believed their countries to be a good place to be gay.

It should be noted that the question was confined strictly to cisgender homosexuals, i.e., those who are gay and lesbian. Trans folk, and others within the LGBTQAI+ community who do not fit this criteria, were not included in the poll.

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