Evidence Exchange of LGB&T Statistics

Welcome to the LGF’s Evidence Exchange, an evidence base of statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) needs and experiences.

Topics range from healthcare to homophobia and schools to safer sex. The evidence base is continuously updated to include new research, and all records include as much information about the statistic as possible.

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96% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to at least one other person.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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There was no significant association between sexual orientation and the prevalence of overweight or obesity.

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Physical Health: Obesity

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39% of respondents who identified as 'other' sexual orientation and those who 'preferred not to answer' the sexual orientation question did sport in the previous 4 weeks compared to a national average of 49%.

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Physical Health: Other
Discrimination: Sport

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Bisexual, lesbian and gay respondents were not significantly different from heterosexuals in relation to sport and physical activity.

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Physical Health: Other
Discrimination: Sport

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Respondents who self-identified as gay or lesbian had a significantly lower prevalence of diabetes than the national average (2% v. 5%)

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Physical Health: Other

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Respondents who identified as having an ‘other’ sexual orientation were significantly less likely to meet the physical activity recommendations than the national average (29% v. 38%).

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Physical Health: Other, Obesity

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Bisexual smokers started smoking at 15.9 years old on average, significantly younger than heterosexual smokers (17.5 years).

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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Lesbian or gay respondents were the most likely to have eaten 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables on the day prior to interview (28%) and had the highest mean daily portions (3.7).

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Physical Health: Other, Obesity

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Respondents who self-identified as having an ‘other’ sexual orientation were significantly more likely to smoke than heterosexual respondents (36% v. 24%).

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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Respondents who preferred not to answer the question on sexual orientation had significantly higher smoking prevalence to heterosexuals (33% v. 24%).

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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Over a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual respondents smoked which was slightly higher than heterosexuals.

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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Gay and lesbian smokers smoked significantly more than the national average (17.8 compared with 14.2 cigarettes per day).

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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Half or Lesbian & gay and bisexual respondents were likely to exceed daily alcohol limits compared to two fifths within the national average.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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Respondents who identified themselves as lesbian or gay were significantly more likely to drink at hazardous or harmful levels than the average (34% v. 23%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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There were no significant differences in the proportion of heterosexual, lesbian and gay, or bisexual respondents who had 20 or more teeth.

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Physical Health: Other

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Respondents who identified as bisexual were less likely to report being in good or very good health than the national average (68% vs. 76%).

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Mental Health: Other
Physical Health: Other
Population Characteristics: Other

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Same-sex-attracted boys are 60% more likely to fail a course in high school than are other-sex-attracted boys.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Discrimination: Education

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Same-sex-attracted girls are 65% more likely than other-sex-attracted girls to have been in a physical fight in the past year.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Discrimination: Education

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87% of participants from queer sporting clubs reported that their clubs had policies that promote the safety and inclusion of LGBT people compared to only 12% of participants mainstream clubs.

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Discrimination: Sport

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14% of the LGBT female participants would like to do dancing but don't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport

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