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Brits have become more liberal, study shows

Words by Abi Scaife

Britain has become more socially liberal, according to a new study.

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The latest NATCEN British social attitudes survey shows that since the surveys first began 40 years ago, Brits have become much more liberal-minded. 

As of the most recent survey:

81% think it is all right for a couple to live together without being married, up from 64% in 1994.

67% think a sexual relationship between two people of the same sex is never wrong, compared with 17% in 1983.

Attitudes have improved towards women’s right to choose when it comes to abortion, single-parenthood, and having children outside of marriage.

It’s great to see that attitudes are shifting to become more accepting as time goes on!

However, the study also notes that attitudes have worsened towards transgender people.

The proportion of British people who describe themselves as "not prejudiced" towards trans people, fell from 82% to 64% over the period of the study.

So while progress has been made in some areas, others require increased attention from campaigners.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

MindOut. An award winning LGBTQ community mental health service based in Brighton; run by LGBTQ people, for LGBTQ people. Learn more here.

Switchboard. They provide an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity. Support them here.

LGBT Hero. LGBT HERO is the national health and wellbeing charity for LGBTQ+ people supporting over 100,000 people a month.  Find out more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.

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