Facts and figures

Below you can find some of the headline statistics across our key fields of work; 

If you are looking for any specific data, we would be happy to help. You can email media@lgf.org.uk, or call us on 0845 3 30 30 30.

Alternatively you can register here, and use our free Evidence Exchange, an evidence base of statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) needs and experiences.

Bullying in Schools

Research carried out by our Exceeding Expectations programme in Manchester schools found that;

  • 95% of pupils hear the word ‘gay’ being used as an insult or something they don't like
  • Only 9% of pupils thought that a pupil or member of staff would feel safe telling people they were LGB in school
  • Over half of pupils had witnessed homophobic bullying in school
  • 28% of pupils felt that homophobic language or bullying was dealt with well in school
  • 13% said that reporting bullying actually resulted in anything being done about it
  • 21% of pupils said they would report homophobic bullying or stand up for a pupil who was being bullied, this rose to 93% after students watched the play
  • 75% of staff had witnessed homophobic bullying in school
  • 58% did not feel that their school was a safe and welcoming place for lesbian, gay or bisexual pupils

Lesbian & Bisexual Women

  • Half of lesbian and bisexual women have had negative experiences with healthcare professionals in the last year, and half are not out to their GP.  Of those who are out, only 3 in 10 said that healthcare workers did not make inappropriate comments when they came out (Stonewall: 2008)
  • 1 in 5 BME lesbian and bisexual women have an eating disorder compared to 1 in 20 of the general population (Stonewall: 2008)
  • 50% of lesbian and bisexual women under the age of 20 have self-harmed in the past year, compared to 1 in 15 generally. (Stonewall: 2008)

Mental & Physical Health

  • LGB people are twice as likely as heterosexual people to have suicidal thoughts or to make suicide attempts
  • LGB people are two to three times more likely than heterosexual people to suffer from depression
  • Over half of gay young people deliberately harm themselves yet the NSPCC estimates that for young people in general its between 1 in 15 and 1 in 10.
  • 1 in 5 BME lesbian and bisexual (LB) bisexual women have an eating disorder compared to 1 in 20 of the general population
  • 1 in 4 gay and bisexual (GB) men report being in fair or bad health compared to 1 in 6 men in general
  • A third of GB men who have accessed healthcare services in the last year have had a negative experience related to their sexual orientation
  • A quarter of GB men currently smoke compared to 22% of men in general
  • Across all age groups LGB people could be seven times more likely to take drugs
  • One in 12 LB women have been diagnosed with breast cancer compared to one in 20 of all women

Homophobia & Hate Crime

  • 1 in 5 LGB people have experienced a homophobic hate crime or incident in the last three years, yet just 1 in 4 reported them to the police (Stonewall, 2008). 
  • In 2011 just 194 reports were made to Greater Manchester Police, indicating a 6% decrease on the previous year
  • According to Home Office figures in 2011-12 Greater Manchester had the highest proportion of hate crime overall of any county. It was reported to have 17.9 hate crimes per 1,000 crimes, compared to 9.8 in Lancashire, and 10.82 in Cumbria.

Sexual Health

  • 60% of HIV in the North West is in Greater Manchester
  • 20% in Cheshire & Merseyside and Lancashire & Cumbria
  • Over half a million free condoms and sachets of water based lube are distributed every year across Greater Manchester to gay and bisexual men by The LGF
  • In 2010 there were 3,000 gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK, the highest yearly figure since records began
  • In 2010, an estimated 91,500 people were living with HIV in the UK
  • There are estimated to be over 22,000 people living with HIV in the UK who are unaware of their infection

In 2010, an estimated 2.1 million HIV  tests were performed in England

Statistics from the Health Protection Agency

Drug & Alcohol

  • Across all age groups LGB people are much more likely to use drugs: 35% of respondents had taken at least one substance (excluding alcohol) in the last month. This is likely to be 7 times higher compared to the general population.
  • 34% of gay and bisexual males and 29% of lesbian and bisexual females reported binge drinking at least once or twice a week. This is likely to be more than twice as common in gay and bisexual males, and almost twice as common in lesbian, gay and bisexual females
  • Over a fifth of respondents scored as dependent on a substance, and a further quarter showed at least one indicator of dependency.
  • While almost a third of respondents had sought information, advice or help about their substance use, significant barriers exist which are preventing many LGB people from accessing the support services they may need.

Statistics fromThe Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Part of the Picture report, which can be found in full here.