Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 174 Countries

By Andrew R. Flores

Using advanced statistical methods and computer modeling, researchers at the Williams Institute analyzed survey data from 174 different countries to produce the Global Acceptance Index (GAI), a measure of the relative level of social acceptance of LGBT people and rights in each country.

The average levels of acceptance for LGBT people and their rights have increased globally since 1981. Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Canada, and Spain are the top five most accepting countries and all have increased in LGBT acceptance over time.

This study is an update of our 2018 report, Polarized Progress: Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 141 Countries, 1981 to 2014.

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