Evidence Exchange of LGBT 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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People who identify as Queer or gay are most likely to drink alcohol (both 89%), followed by lesbians (81%) and lastly people who identify as bisexual (79%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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63% of transgender people drink alcohol compared to 86% of non-transgender people.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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89% of LGBT people who identify as male drink alcohol, compared to 81% of those who identify as female and 77% who identify as no or another gender.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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Half of LGBT people have taken an illegal drug or a legal drug without a prescription.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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50% of gay men surveyed in a HIV testing clinic had used a recreational drug in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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60-90% of gay men who use crystal meth also use Viagra.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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In 2010, 7.8% of gay and bisexual men in London had used crystal meth in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Use of crystal meth is higher for HIV-positive men (11.8%) than HIV-negative men (3.4%) or those who have never been tested (2.9%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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8.3% of gay men surveyed in a HIV testing clinic had used crystal meth in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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1 in 5 gay men surveyed in Central London gyms in 2004 had used crystal meth in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Over half of gay men surveyed at Central London gyms in 2004 had used a psychoactive drug in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Over half of gay men surveyed at a HIV treatment clinic had used recreational drugs in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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A study conducted in New Mexico, USA, found that 26.6% of the physicians in their study reported experiencing some level of discomfort when treating patients who were homosexual.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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A study found that over 50% of general practice trainers and trainees found it difficult to discuss sex with patients, regardless of sexual orientation, and that only 12% found it easy to talk about sex with gay patients.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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A study found that only 28% of LGB people had been asked their sexual orientation by their physician, the same study concluded that, as a result of feeling uncomfortable talking about sex, physicians would avoid discussions about same-sex orientation.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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12.6% of gay men surveyed in a HIV treatment clinic had used crystal meth in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Research conducted in the UK has reported that 40% of lesbians had not mentioned their sexual orientation to their GP.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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Research conducted in the UK has reported that 44% of gay men had not mentioned their sexual orientation to their GP.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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One study reported that, out of the 31% of lesbians who had disclosed their sexual orientation to their Health Care Professional, 27% felt that it had had a negative effect on their health care.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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A study found that 27% of women and men who were openly homosexual experienced prejudice from their Health Care Professional.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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