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Nearly 90 percent of parents between the ages of 30 and 59 said they would accept their children coming out as LGBT, though some would do so reluctantly, according to an online survey.

The research institute LGBT Marketing Lab conducted the survey between Aug. 8 and 11, contacting 285 men and 281 women. The 566 respondents hail from all prefectures except Yamanashi.

According to the survey, 4.9 percent of the parents said they would view such news favorably, while 18.4 percent said they would be shocked but get over it immediately.

Twenty-seven percent said they could accept such revelations over time and 38.9 percent felt they would have to reluctantly accept such a reality.

However, 10.8 percent said they would not be able to accept having lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender offspring.

“People’s awareness is gradually changing, as understanding toward LGBT people spreads through reports of local governments and companies working to accept such people,” an official in charge of the survey said.

Japan LGBT Research Institute, another think tank, said in June that surveys it has conducted suggest around 8 percent of the Japanese population, or 1 in every 13 people, belongs to a sexual minority.

Officials at LGBT Marketing Lab said they conducted their survey ahead of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, an annual awareness day observed by the LGBT community, because parents have such an important influence on children.

As for reasons for accepting children who identify as LGBT, 61.2 percent of those who would accept them said it is not something they would be able to change anyway, and 42.6 percent said they have learned through the media that there are different forms of sexuality.

Roughly half of the parents who responded that they would not be able to accept having an LGBT offspring gave as a reason their concerns that such children would have difficulty in the future, and 29.5 percent said such people should be ashamed of themselves. Additionally, 21.3 percent said they believe such sexual preferences are caused by some kind of a disease, and 13.1 percent said they believe they can be “healed.”

The institute said the results of the survey indicates that a better understanding of the issue affects parents’ willingness to accept children coming out as LGBT.

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