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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Less than 1 in 5 Lesbian and gay people think The Press Complaints Commission, BBC, Channel 4 and Ofcom will take a complaint of homophobia less seriously than other complaints.

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Discrimination: Other
Population Characteristics: Other

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Half of lesbian and gay people have been bullied at work by someone in their team.

Topics:
Discrimination: Bullying, Employment

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3 in 10 lesbian and gay people have been bullied at work by someone senior and junior to them.

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Discrimination: Bullying, Employment

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1 in 4 lesbian and gay people have been bullied by their manager at work.

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Discrimination: Bullying, Employment

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1 in 5 lesbian and gay people think the portrayal of gay people on Channel 4 is unrealistic, 1 in 4 think the portrayal on BBC2 is unrealistic and 1 in 3 think the portrayal on BBC1 is unrealistic.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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3 out of 10 lesbian and gay people think the portrayal of gay people on ITV and Channel 5 is realistic.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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Half of lesbian and gay people think the portrayal of gay people on ITV is unrealistic and 4 in 10 think the portrayal on Channel 5 is unrealistic.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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3 in 10 Lesbian and gay people think ITV and Channel 5 will take a complaint of homophobia less seriously than other complaints.

Topics:
Discrimination: Other
Population Characteristics: Other

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1 in 50 lesbian and gay people in the South West expect to be treated worse than heterosexuals if they were admitted to hospital for an emergency and the staff thought they were gay.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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2 out of 3 lesbian and gay people think the portrayal of gay people on Channel 4 is realistic.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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4 in 10 lesbian and gay people think the portrayal of gay people on BBC1 is realistic and Half think the portrayal on BBC2 is realistic.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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3 in 10 lesbian and gay people in the North West believe they would be treated worse than a heterosexual by the police if they were suspected of committing a crime.

Topics:
Legal rights: Other
Discrimination: Other
Crime: Other

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1 in 5 lesbian and gay people in the North West expect to be treated worse than a heterosexual person when applying for social housing.

Topics:
Discrimination: Other
Legal rights: Housing

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1 in 20 lesbian and gay people in the North West expect to be treated worse than heterosexuals if they were admitted to hospital for an emergency and the staff thought they were gay.

Topics:
Discrimination: Healthcare

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4 in 5 lesbian and gay people would not have felt comfortable coming out at school.

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Discrimination: Bullying, Education

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9 in 10 lesbian and gay people expect to face discrimination due to their sexual orientation if they apply to become a school governor in the North West.

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Discrimination: Education

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Lesbian and gay people over the age of 55 are twice as likely than 25 to 34 year olds to think that if the police knew they were gay they would treat them worse than heterosexuals when they report a crime.

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Legal rights: Other
Discrimination: Other
Crime: Other

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Lesbian and gay people aged from 18 to 24 are 10% more likely to think the police will treat them worse than heterosexuals when they report a homophobic hate crime, compared to another crime.

Topics:
Legal rights: Other
Discrimination: Other
Crime: Other, Hate Crime

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9 out of 10 lesbian and gay people think they would face discrimination from the Conservative party due to their sexual orientation if they wanted to run for parliament.

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Discrimination: Other

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1 in 4 gay and lesbian people over the age of 50 experienced homophobic bullying at school.

Topics:
Discrimination: Bullying, Education

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2 out of 3 young lesbian and gay people experienced homophobic bullying at school in 2007.

Topics:
Discrimination: Bullying, Education

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Almost 9 in 10 lesbian and gay people aged 16-24 witnessed homophobic bullying of others at school.

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Discrimination: Bullying, Education

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Half of lesbian and gay people over the age of 50 witnessed homophobic bullying of others while in compulsory education.

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Discrimination: Bullying, Education

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Overall satisfaction with GP services was relatively high with more than three quarters of all gay and bisexual men agreeing with three statements about service acceptability (and less than 10% disagreeing with any).

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Population Characteristics: Other

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Overall, 7.1% of gay and bisexual men last went to their GP for either a sexual health check-up or an HIV test or both. Using your GP for sexual health check-ups or HIV testing was most common among men who were younger (under 30), lived in London or were an immigrant to the UK. It was not associated with being a member of a Black or minority ethnic group.

Topics:
Sexual Health: HIV Testing

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6 in 10 lesbian and gay people believe they would face discrimination from the Labour party due to their sexual orientation if they wanted to run for parliament.

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Discrimination: Other

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Almost half of lesbian and gay people believe they would face discrimination from the Liberal Democrats due to their sexual orientation if they wanted to run for parliament.

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Discrimination: Other

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28% of gay and bisexual men registered with a GP stated that the staff at that surgery knew they had sex with men. Over half (55%) stated that the staff at their surgery did not know they had sex with men.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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A third of all gay and bisexual men who were registered with a GP said the staff at that GP surgery did not know they had sex with men AND they would be unhappy if they did know.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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Between 41% and 44% of gay men have not disclosed their sexuality to their GP.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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