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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2 in 5 LGBT respondents said that they had experienced problems as a result from their substance abuse (excluding alcohol).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Just over two fifths of all LGBT respondents reported having used more than one substance during a typical session over the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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4% of LGBT respondents had ever used anabolic steroids.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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1 in 10 LGBT respondents had used tranquilisers at some point,

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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1% of all LGBT respondents reported current use of LSD.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Lifetime use of LSD is most common in LGBT people aged over 31 with those aged 31-40 being the most likely to report lifetime use.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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5% of LGBT women had used LSD in the last year compared to 1% of LGBT men.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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21% of LGBT women had ever used LSD compared with 16% of LGBT men.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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3% of LGBT respondents reported having used GHB in the last year compared to 16% who had used it at some point.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGBT GHB users were most likely to be aged between 31-40.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Current use of viagra was reported by 3% of LGBT respondents.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Viagra is the only drug for which LGBT users are most likely to be aged 41+.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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16% of LGBT respondents aged 18-21 have tried Viagra.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Just under a quarter of all the LGBT respondents reported ever having used ketamine.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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10% of hate crimes recorded by the police in 2012/13 were motivated by sexual orientation.

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Crime: Hate Crime

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In 2011/12 the police recorded 4,362 hate crime based on sexual orientation which was around 10% of all hate crimes.

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Crime: Hate Crime

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42% of sexual orientation hate crimes recorded by the police in 2012/13 were for violence against the person offences which was higher than for race (27%) and religious (24%) hate crimes.

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Crime: Hate Crime

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More than 1 in 2 gay and bisexual male respondents had ever used poppers, 1 in 3 had used within the last year and 1 in 5 had used within the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Almost 1 in 3 LGBT female respondents had ever used poppers with only 1 in 10 having used them in the last year or within the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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1 in 10 LGBT respondents had ever used heroin.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Of the LGBT respondents who had ever used heroin all were aged 22 or over.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Lifetime use of crystal meth use was reported by 7% of the LGBT respondents.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Current use of poppers was most likely among LGBT people in the 18-21 and 22-30 age brackets and least likely among 16-17 year olds.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Lifetime use of poppers was most commonly reported by LGBT respondents aged 31-40 while lifetime use was fairly common across all ages.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Almost 1 in 2 LGBT respondents had ever used poppers although on-line respondents were more likely to have used them than those who completed a physical questionnaire. Both groups of respondents were equally likely to be current users.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Lifetime crack cocaine users were most likely to be aged 31-40, but those aged 22-30 were most likely to be current users. None of those aged 21 or under or aged 41 or over had ever used it.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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11% of LGBT respondents had used crack cocaine during their lifetime, whereas only 2% had in the last year and 1% in the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGBT respondents aged 31-40 were most likely to use cocaine powder while younger respondents, especially those aged 16-17, were the least likely.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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No LGBT respondents aged 16-17 years old reported ever using amphetamine. Lifetime users were most likely to be aged between 31-40 with current (last month) users most likely to be aged between 22-30.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Over three quarters of gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West felt that they were treated with respect and dignity at all times while they were in the hospital.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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