A Poll Asks: Should Santa Claus Be Gay?

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday December 24, 2021
Originally published on December 23, 2021

A screen shot from the Norwegian postal ad featuring a gay Santa
A screen shot from the Norwegian postal ad featuring a gay Santa  (Source:YouTube)

Is it finally time for a gay Santa Claus? The results of a new poll suggest the tide is slowly turning... but still not quite there yet.

As reported by LGBTQ Nation, a YouGov poll asked 1714 UK adults whether it was acceptable to depict Santa as being gay.

Fewer than half of the respondents reportedly said that they thought it was "acceptable" for Santa Claus to be depicted as gay, with 41% saying it's unacceptable.

The poll also asked whether it was acceptable to depict Santa as Black, Middle Eastern or female, and the results are equally discouraging. The results showed 23% of people said that it is "unacceptable" to portray St. Nick as Black, and 22% said the same about a Middle Eastern Santa. However, the most unacceptable identity for Santa was female, with 54% of respondents deeming it "unacceptable" to portray St. Nicholas as a Nicole.

Around 50% of people said it was acceptable for Santa to be depicted as part of any ethnic group (other than white), and 80% said it was acceptable for Santa to be his classic depiction as a white man.

Gay and bi people reportedly supported a gay Santa by 76% and 50% said Santa can be a woman.

The question over Santa's sexual and ethnic identity was sparked after a holiday ad for the Norwegian postal service Posten depicted Santa as gay and looking for love on Christmas.

Watch the ad below, and tell us if it changes your mind in comments.