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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3 in 10 LGBT respondents engaged in drinking alcohol to get drunk to feel better/forget about their problems.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol
Mental Health: Other

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A fifth of the LGBT respondents agreed/strongly agreed that they actively seek out LGBT-friendly healthcare professionals because of bad experiences they’ve had with providers in the past.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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Over 3 in 5 of the LGBT respondents agreed/strongly agreed that in general, the health advice they have received from healthcare professionals has been useful and appropriate.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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40% of the LGBT respondents agreed/strongly agreed that they feel respected for who they are as an LGBT person by healthcare professionals.

Topics:
Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other
Physical Health: Other

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Nearly 8 in 10 of the LGBT respondents agreed/strongly agreed that healthcare professionals need to have more knowledge and sensitivity to issues related to being LGBT.

Topics:
Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other
Physical Health: Other

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Nearly a quarter of the LGBT respondents agreed/strongly agreed that they generally try to hide the fact that are LGBT when dealing with healthcare professionals because of how they react.

Topics:
Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Coming Out

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Over half of the LGBT respondents agreed/strongly agreed that they were generally quite open about being LGBT when visiting a healthcare professional.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Coming Out

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Just over 1 in 10 of the LGBT respondents had accessed an HIV and AIDS service.

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Sexual Health: Other

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Only 3% of the LGBT respondents had accessed substance abuse/addiction services

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Substance Misuse: Other

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Over a quarter of the LGBT respondents had used mental health counselling services.

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Mental Health: Other

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A fifth of the LGBT respondents had accessed an LGBT support group (other than youth group).

Topics:
Mental Health: Other, Building Social Networks

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A fifth of the LGBT respondents had used a gay or lesbian health service.

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Mental Health: Other
Physical Health: Other

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Just under a fifth of the LGBT respondents had accessed an LGBT youth organisation or LGBT youth group.

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Mental Health: Building Social Networks

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Amongst all the LGBT respondents who had ever thought about taking their own lives, close to a third reported that their suicidal thoughts were ‘very related’ or ‘very much related’ to their LGBT identification

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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69% of the LGBT people who tried to take their own life on more than one occasion perceived their most recent suicide attempt as related to the challenges associated with their LGBT identification.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Close to half of the LGBT respondents who had attempted suicide saw their first attempt as ‘very related’ or ‘very much related’ to their LGBT identification

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Less than a fifth of the LGBT respondents who had attempted suicide felt that their first suicide attempt was ‘not at all related’ to their LGBT identification.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Of the LGBT people who sought support for their self-harming, over a quarter saw a mental health professional other than a psychiatrist or psychologist.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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44% of transgender participants had self-harmed at some point in their lives, and 11% had self-harmed in the previous twelve months.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Of the LGBT people who sought support for their self-harming, two thirds saw a psychiatrist or psychologist.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Of the LGBT people who sought support for their self-harming, over half spoke to friends.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Of the LGBT people who sought support for their self-harming, over a third spoke to family.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Over a third of those who were ‘questioning’ or ‘not sure’ about their sexual orientation had self-harmed, whereas two fifths of those who did not identify with these commonly ascribed categories of sexual orientation had self-harmed.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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A greater proportion of bisexual respondents reported that they had self-harmed, with over two fifths having self-harmed at some point.

Topics:
Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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LGBT respondents typically began to self-harm during the mid-teenage years, with 16 years being the average age.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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8 in 10 LGBT respondents had self harmed by cutting, scratching or self-hitting.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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A third of the LGBT respondents had self harmed by ingesting a substance in excess of prescribed dose.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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A fifth of the LGBT respondents had self harmed by ingesting a recreational or illicit drug/alcohol as a means to harm themselves.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Female LGBT respondents were almost twice as likely to have self-harmed as males.

Topics:
Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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6% of the female LGBT respondents had self-harmed in the last 30 days compared to 1% of male respondents.

Topics:
Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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