Measuring Homophobia in the Philippines
Filipino gay rights groups, however, were not impressed with the survey, which they believe are based on the perception of accepted stereotypes of gays. They mentioned that once a gay is outside of the accepted stereotypes, that is where they encounter rejection.
In June 2013, Social Weather Stations (SWS), a non-stock, non-profit research institution, developed questions in order to look deeper at how to measure homophobia in the Philippines. This survey was conducted among Filipino adults 18 years old and above. It found that Filipinos believe that: a) gays and lesbians have the right to be protected against any form of discrimination, b) they contributed a lot in the progress of the society, and c) being gay and lesbian is not a form of mental illness. But the most notable finding that the survey found is majority believes that when they have a gay or lesbian in the family, they would like to change them to become straight men and women.
The paper will also delve into new topics in the forthcoming SWS nationwide survey to be conducted in December 2013. The new topics will measure agreement/ disagreement with the following statements: Being gay or lesbian is contagious; Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS can be considered as a sickness of gays and lesbians; and gays or lesbians are just as trustworthy as any other Filipino.