I was reading these two articles on Towleroad about how most LGBT people in Europe are constantly worried about becoming the targets of violent attacks motivated by homophobia, and how, allegedly, the UK (by far Europe's most racist and xenophobic country, and one of the most homophobic places I've ever been in), is the nation in Europe where gay people enjoy the most freedoms and social guarantees...
In my experience, due to Europe's well documented history of racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia and religious fanaticism since the XVI Century, and especially due to the rise of fascism during the 20th century, people tend to be very reluctant to openly voice their bigoted views in public out of fear of upsetting the status quo. Equally, people seem to have internalized self-censorship to the point of being extremely uncomfortable when issues of discrimination and violence against minorities come up in a conversation. It's almost as if these subjects were taboo, and they could only ever be addressed after deranged extremists like the BNP, le Front National, the Freedom Party of Austria or Muslim clerics promote hatred and violence against minorities in general, and gay people in particular. On every other occasion, these things must be conveniently swept under the rug, even though they happen every single day - and are sometimes engaged in by the same people who denounce far right movements as "evil".
Personally, I think that people in the US are less hypocritical and more proactive in their bigotry, and aren't paralyzed by the fear of being seen for what they are: nasty individuals who deliberately seek to undermine, denigrate and scapegoat minorities, more often than not out of sheer malice rather than ignorance. People in Europe just hide and pretend that things don't happen even though they do, whereas in the US prejudice and intolerance are openly stated in all their ugly savagery.
So, what do you think? Are Americans really more intolerant, or just less careful and dishonest about their views?