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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40% of LGBT people reported experiencing problems as a result of their substance use.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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80% of LGBT people report having 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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85% of LGB people over 50 said they will give information regarding their sexual/gender identities if they believe the service is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friendly and the data is confidential and anonymous.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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35% of LGB people aged 50 and over believed health professionals to be positive towards non-heterosexual clients. A smaller percentage (16%) trusted health professionals to be generally knowledgeable about non-heterosexual lifestyles.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

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49% of LGB people aged 60 and over, reported that they could be open about their sexual orientation without fear of prejudice in their local health practice or hospital.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

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69% of LGB people over 50, said they had not seen any mention of LGB people in practice information or seen any leaflets or posters that mention them. 12% of the same group had, but only in relation to sexual health.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

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33% of LGB trans people, over the age of 50, said they were out as lesbian, gay or bisexual to someone in their GP practice. Of this group 50% were happy to be asked their sexual orientation.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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59% of disabled LGB people over the age of 50, reported good experiences and 30% reported bad experiences, in general practice.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

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67% of LGB people, over the age of 50 and who were also disabled, said they were out as lesbian, gay or bisexual to someone in their GP practice. (This goes up to 91% for disabled gay men).

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Population Characteristics: Other

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Irish LGB people in the UK, over the age of 50 reported even fewer good experiences (30% compared to 51% for overall LGB people over 50) and even more bad experiences (56% compared to 24% for overall LGB people over 50) in general practice.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

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