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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1 in 4 older LGBT respondents expressed no concern at all about coming out to service providers, either because they were optimistic in their expectations of services and believed that the care staff would be well trained in issues around equality and diversity or because they were confident about speaking up for them selves

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Population Characteristics: Other

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Of the older LGBT respondents who used their local services, 1 had experienced being both a volunteer befriender and a service user of a befriending service, 2 had volunteered as befrienders, 2 lived in sheltered housing, 2 had used a home-help service and 1 had experience of personal care in the home.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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Almost half of the LGBT respondents had had contact with services which support older people although not necessarily exclusively older people's services.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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44% of LGBTQ respondents report having ever thought about suicide compared to 26% of heterosexual non-trans young people in this sample and 21% for this age-group as self-reported in a household survey by the NHS in 2007.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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42% of LGBTQ respondents report going for medical help for depression or anxiety, compared to 29% of heterosexual non-trans respondents.

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Mental Health: Depression, Anxiety

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52% of LGBTQ respondents report self- harming, either now or in the past compared to 35% of heterosexual non-trans young people in this sample and 12% for this age-group as self-reported in a household survey by the NHS in 2007.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Several measures in this survey indicate that mental health problems are significantly worse amongst LGBTQ young people including acute problems such as self-harming and suicidal ideation.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Gay men made up 30% of this sample and accounted for over half of respondents who had ever had an STI and 67% of those who reported repeat STIs.

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Sexual Health: STIs

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59% female LGBTQ respondents reported thinking that they are overweight, compared to 44% of male respondents

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Mental Health: Eating Disorders
Physical Health: Other, Obesity

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10% of LGBTQ young people report that their time at university has been affected by discrimination or fear of discrimination about their sexuality or gender identity.

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Discrimination: Education

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15% of LGBTQ young people report that their time at work has been affected by discrimination or fear of discrimination about their sexuality or gender identity.

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Discrimination: Employment

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18% of LGBTQ young people report name calling at university and 10% report name calling at work.

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Discrimination: Employment, Education

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Only 25% of LGBTQ young people report that they learned anything at school about safer sex for a male couple.

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Sexual Health: Other
Discrimination: Education

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Less than 1 in 5 LGBTQ young people report that school provided any useful preparation for happy and healthy sex and relationships compared to 4 in 5 say talking with friends and partners was useful.

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Sexual Health: Other
Discrimination: Education

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Nearly two thirds of LGBTQ young people think their school supported its pupils badly in respect of sexuality or gender identity.

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Discrimination: Other

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89% of LGBTQ young people report learning nothing about bisexuality issues at school and 94% report learning nothing about transgender issues.

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Discrimination: Education

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Around two thirds of LGBTQ young people say they learn a lot about relationships and safer sex between a man and a woman at school, compared to less than 5% who say they learn a lot about same sex relationships and safer sex.

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Discrimination: Education

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About 1 in 5 LGBTQ young people have experienced physical attacks at school on account of their sexual identity or gender identity.

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Discrimination: Bullying
Crime: Hate Crime

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Nearly 8 in 10 LGBTQ respondents who have experienced sexual abuse have not received any help or support.

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Crime: Sexual Assault

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Overall nearly half of LGBTQ young people reported that their time at school was affected by discrimination or fear of discrimination.

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Discrimination: Bullying, Other, Education

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