There’s not especially surprising about a new Gallop Poll that asked adults across 123 countries whether their city or area was a “good place” for gay and lesbians to live: The Netherlands narrowly beat out Iceland and Canada, with a pretty impressive 83% in the country saying yes, it’s goed om homo te zijn. Iceland (82%), Canada (80%), Spain (79%), and the United Kingdom (77%) followed — all places where same sex marriage is legal (the United States, for what its worth, was at a respectable 70% — somehow ahead of Sweden, Finland and Germany). The results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with “approximately 1,000 adults in each country, aged 15 and older, conducted in 2009 and 2013.”
Overall, nearly three in 10 adults (28%) across the 123 countries said it was a good place, which is a much more depressing and scary statistic when you look at those vast majority numbers from the aforementioned countries. And this doesn’t even include some of the worst places. The country rankings do not include data from more than a dozen countries “where the question is too sensitive to be asked”: Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iran, Nigeria, Bahrain, Bhutan, Iraq, Kuwait, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen.
Among the countries where it was cool to ask, Senegal was the worst: 98% said it was NOT a good place for gay and lesbian people, with Malawi (96%), Gabon (95%), Niger (95%), Mali (95%), and Uganda (95%) following.
The obvious takeaway from this? It’s not even close to all good yet when it comes to the rights of gay people, and maybe we should be finding new ways to help our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world, especially Africa and the Middle East.