SIXTY per cent of 13-year-old boys in Malaga Province say they would end a friendship with another boy if they discovered he was gay, a new study has revealed.
The study, entitled Homophobia Amongst Teenagers, was led by Malaga University student and psychologist Giselle Bolaño and presented at the regional Andalucian Rainbow Federation headquarters in Malaga.
Altogether 751 public secondary school students aged between 12 and 18 were questioned before visits from federation representatives as part of a homophobia-related anti-bullying campaign and a marked difference in attitude between sexes was noted.
Sex, federation president Gonzalo Serrano said, has proved to play an important part in students’ attitudes with half of males questioned still believing they would always be able to identify homosexuals by their looks, manner of speech or profession.
In fact rejection levels amongst boys were reported to be three times higher than amongst girls, especially at the age of 13. While 60 per cent of boys this age said they would end a friendship if the other person was found to be gay, only 23 per cent of girls said they would do the same.
The good news, Serrano said, was that almost 90 per cent of students questioned said that homosexual couples could be perfectly good parents.