Title
Anti-gay sentiment among adolescents in Belgium and Canada : a comparative investigation into the role of gender and religion Anti-gay sentiment among adolescents in Belgium and Canada : a comparative investigation into the role of gender and religion
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
New York, N.Y. ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
Journal of homosexuality. - New York, N.Y., 1974, currens
Volume/pages
57(2010) :3 , p. 384-400
ISSN
0091-8369
1540-3602
ISI
000275631800003
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Previous research has indicated that opposition toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trangender (LGBT) rights remains prevalent among Western populations. In this article, we investigate the determinants of anti-gay attitudes among adolescents in two liberal democracies, Belgium (n = 6,330) and Canada (n = 3,334). The analysis indicates that hostile feelings toward LGBT rights are particularly widespread among boys, while the effects of socioeconomic status and parental education remain limited. Various religious denominations proved to have a strong and significant negative impact on tolerance, with especially high scores for Islam. Religious practice, too, contributes to a negative attitude toward LGBT rights. The consequences of these findings with regard to tolerance for gay rights among Islamic youth in Western democracies are discussed.
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