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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Nearly 1 in 10 LGBT respondents had been attacked sexually at some point.

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Crime: Sexual Assault

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Over a third of LGBT respondents had been experienced someone threatening to ‘out’ them at some point.

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Discrimination: Bullying
Mental Health: Coming Out

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Over two fifths of LGBT respondents had been threatened with physical violence at some point in their lives.

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Discrimination: Bullying
Crime: Hate Crime

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Nearly 1 in 10 LGBT respondents had been threatened with physical violence six or more times in their lives.

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Discrimination: Bullying
Crime: Hate Crime

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8 in 10 LGBT respondents had been verbally insulted at some time.

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Discrimination: Bullying

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37% of LGBT respondents had been verbally insulted six or more times in their lives.

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Discrimination: Bullying

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50% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to everyone at school/college compared to 20% who were out to none and 20% who were out to some.

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Mental Health: Coming Out
Discrimination: Education

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43% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to all their work colleagues compared to 20% who were out to none and 37% who were out to some.

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Discrimination: Employment
Mental Health: Coming Out

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48% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to everyone at their youth or other organisation/s compared to 25% who were out to none and 27% who were out to some.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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35% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to all their family (excluding parents) compared to 29% who were out to none and 36% who were out to some.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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67% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to both parents compared to 23% who were out to neither and 10% who were out to some.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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68% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to all their siblings compared to 18% who were out to none and 14% who were out to some.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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67% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to all their friends compared to only 4% who were out to none and 29% who were out to some.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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27% of the LGBT respondents had been educated to secondary level compared to less than 1% who had been educated to primary level or below.

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Discrimination: Education

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70% of the LGBT respondents had completed their education with a third level qualification, of which three quarters obtained at least a primary degree.

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Discrimination: Education

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61% of respondents identifying as Transgender reported feeling either ‘very comfortable’ or ‘comfortable’ with their transgender identity, whereas 17% reported feeling ‘uncomfortable’ or ‘very uncomfortable’ about their transgender identification

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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Just under 40% of the LGBT sample were in a steady or committed relationship at the time of completing the survey, a similar figure to those who were single.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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The vast majority of LGBT respondents (over 90%) did not have children.

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Legal rights: Having Children

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The average age at which respondents first disclosed their LGBT identification was 21 years

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Population Characteristics: Other
Mental Health: Coming Out

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Over four fifths of LGBT participants indicated t hat they were either ‘comfortable’ or ‘very comfortable’ with their sexual orientation, with less than 7% expressing discomfort in relation to their sexuality.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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The average age at which LGBT participants first became aware of their sexual orientation/transgender identity was 14 years, with most indicating that they were 12 when they first became aware of their LGBT status.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Mental Health: Coming Out

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96% of LGBT respondents were 'out' to at least one other person.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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There was no significant association between sexual orientation and the prevalence of overweight or obesity.

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Physical Health: Obesity

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39% of respondents who identified as 'other' sexual orientation and those who 'preferred not to answer' the sexual orientation question did sport in the previous 4 weeks compared to a national average of 49%.

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Physical Health: Other
Discrimination: Sport

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Bisexual, lesbian and gay respondents were not significantly different from heterosexuals in relation to sport and physical activity.

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Physical Health: Other
Discrimination: Sport

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Respondents who self-identified as gay or lesbian had a significantly lower prevalence of diabetes than the national average (2% v. 5%)

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Physical Health: Other

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Respondents who identified as having an ‘other’ sexual orientation were significantly less likely to meet the physical activity recommendations than the national average (29% v. 38%).

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Physical Health: Other, Obesity

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Bisexual smokers started smoking at 15.9 years old on average, significantly younger than heterosexual smokers (17.5 years).

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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Lesbian or gay respondents were the most likely to have eaten 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables on the day prior to interview (28%) and had the highest mean daily portions (3.7).

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Physical Health: Other, Obesity

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Respondents who self-identified as having an ‘other’ sexual orientation were significantly more likely to smoke than heterosexual respondents (36% v. 24%).

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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