Based on a survey conducted in 123 countries last year, a new Gallup poll has listed countries in order of most gay-friendly to least gay-friendly by asking residents a simple question: “Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place to live for gay or lesbian people?” Note though, the results are skewed for those countries who were placed on the lower spectrum as Gallup decided that the question was even “too sensitive” to be asked in: Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Nigeria, Bahrain, Bhutan, Iraq, Kuwait, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
Not surprisingly, those who scored in the highest tier (where over 75% of responders said yes) were in Europe, with Canada the only non-European country in the top. Ireland, a country where gay marriage is up for a vote next year, demonstrates the swift change in public opinion toward gay and lesbians. Sexual acts between gay men was only decriminalized in the country in 1993 (note too, divorce only became legal in 1995).
Netherlands citizens overwhelmingly responded yes to the question, with more than 8/10 saying the country is good for gays and lesbians.