Netherlands still most gay-tolerant nation

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The Netherlands is still in the global vanguard in terms of social acceptance of homosexuality.

A survey by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research SCP shows that 10 percent of the Dutch population do not accept homosexuality, a five-percent decrease compared to 2006.

However, contrary to expectations, homosexual people are feeling less secure despite growing indignation about violence against them. Researchers at the SCP say this could be because the media pay more attention to the issue than before.

In particular orthodox Christians and Muslims, non-Western migrants and young people still have difficulty accepting homosexuality. Half of those interviewed who said they went to church at least once a week said they did not approve.

The SCP survey also showed that many schoolchildren have problems accepting homosexuality, which means that school for gay students is not always the safe environment it should be. Nearly a third of students in secondary education said it would not be possible for a student to be openly homosexual, while the same number of students said they were not sure whether this would be possible.

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