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% of gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West were categorised as morbidly obese according to their body mass index.

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Physical Health: Other

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More than half of gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West were categorised as within the healthy range according to their body mass index.

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Physical Health: Other

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3 in 10 gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West were categorised as overweight according to their body mass index.

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Physical Health: Other

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4% of gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West were categorised as underweight according to their body mass index.

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Physical Health: Other

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4 in 10 gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West did not currently smoke, but had at one time.

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Substance Misuse: Other, Smoking
Physical Health: Other

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More than 1 in 4 gay and bisexual male respondents from the North West currently smoked.

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Substance Misuse: Other, Smoking
Physical Health: Other

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

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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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