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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More than 3 in 10 gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West had smoked a cigarette.

Topics:
Substance Misuse: Other, Smoking
Physical Health: Other

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1 in 3 gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West had never smoked a cigarette.

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Substance Misuse: Other, Smoking
Physical Health: Other

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Of those LGBT people who took part in the report, 1 in 2 online respondents stated that they had ever used poppers as opposed to 1 in 3 of those asked directly.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Out of those LGBT people who took part in the report, i in 3 online respondents stated that they had ever used ecstasy as opposed to 1 in 4 of those asked directly.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Out of those LGBT people who took part in the report, 1 in 3 online respondents stated that they had ever used cocaine as opposed to 1 in 6 of those asked directly.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Of those LGBT people who took part in this study, 76% online respondents stated that they had ever used tobacco as opposed to 50% of those asked directly.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Although the 16-17 and 18-21 year old LGBT respondents were more likely to use cannabis than other age groups, they were the least likely to have used nearly every other substance.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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The 16-17 year old LGBT respondents were the most likely to be either lifetime (80%) or current (last year 60%, last month 20%) users of cannabis.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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31-40 year olds were the most likely group of LGBT respondents who have ever used any substance with the exception of cannabis, with the probability of ever having used ranging from 85% for tobacco to 11% for steroids.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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For most substances there was a 40%-60% chance that LGBT respondents aged 31-40 years had used them at some point.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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When asked, 32% of LGBT respondents stated that they had recently (within the last month) used tobacco, 16% had used cannabis and 16% had used poppers.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Across all LGBT respondents, the most prevalent drugs in terms of lifetime and current (last month) use are almost identical. The highest lifetime use was tobacco at 66%, followed by cannabis at 54% and poppers at 43%.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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43% of LGBT respondents said they had used more than one substance (including tobacco but excluding alcohol).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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80% of the LGBT respondents had used at least one substance (including tobacco but excluding alcohol) on at least one occasion.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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15% of LGB respondents from the public sector indicated that they would feel comfortable approaching their employer/manager if they were a victim of homophobic bullying but were not sure that they would receive support

Topics:
Discrimination: Bullying, Other, Employment
Legal rights: Other, Employment

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17% of LGB respondents said that negative comments have been made about their sexual orientation that made them feel uncomfortable

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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202 LGB respondents had reason to make a complaint in their current or previous employment regarding an incident or incidents that happened in work relating to their sexual orientation

Topics:
Discrimination: Bullying, Other, Employment
Legal rights: Other, Employment

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15% of LGB respondents from the community, voluntary and nongovernmental sectors indicated that they do not know if their sexual orientation would have an impact on their chances of progressing professionally

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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One in five LGB respondents said that comments have been made about their sexual orientation in a ‘light-hearted’ manner in the workplace that made them feel uncomfortable

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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25% of LGB respondents from the community, voluntary or nongovernmental sectors had reason to make a complaint in their current or previous employment regarding an incident or incidents that happened in work relating to their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Bullying, Other, Employment
Legal rights: Other, Employment

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15% of LGB respondents from the community, voluntary and nongovernmental sectors were happy with the outcome they received after reporting a complaint about an incident or incidents that happened in work relating to their sexual orientation

Topics:
Discrimination: Bullying, Other, Employment
Legal rights: Other, Employment

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5% of LGB respondents from the community, voluntary and nongovernmental sectors said that there was no equal opportunities policy in their organisation

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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2 in 5 LGB respondents from the community, voluntary and nongovernmental sectors indicated that their organisation does not have a domestic violence policy

Topics:
Crime: Domestic Abuse, Other
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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A third of LGB respondents from the community, voluntary or nongovernmental sectors said that negative comments made about lesbian, gay, or bisexual people by people they work with have made them feel uncomfortable

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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One in three LGB respondents reported that negative comments made by other people about other lesbian, gay or bisexual employees did not make them feel uncomfortable

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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Two in five LGB respondents said that negative comments made about lesbian, gay, or bisexual people by people they work with have made them feel uncomfortable

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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2 in 5 LGB respondents across all workplace sectors said that they did not know if their employer had same sex supportive family friendly policies in place regarding adoption or surrogacy

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment, Having Children
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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2 in 5 LGB respondents from the community, voluntary and nongovernmental sectors would be not be comfortable approaching their employer/manager if they were the victim of same sex domestic violence

Topics:
Crime: Domestic Abuse, Other
Legal rights: Other, Employment
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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More than half of LGB respondents from the community, voluntary and nongovernmental sectors believed that they would receive support from their employer if they were considering adoption

Topics:
Legal rights: Other, Employment, Having Children
Discrimination: Other, Employment

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Seven in ten LGB respondents were unhappy with the outcome they received after reporting a complaint about an incident or incidents that happened in work relating to their sexual orientation.

Topics:
Discrimination: Bullying, Other, Employment
Legal rights: Other, Employment

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