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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Almost one in five LGBTQ young people have experienced some form of sexual abuse, compared with one in ten of non-trans heterosexuals in this sample.

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Crime: Sexual Assault

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Over a third of LGBTQ respondents who had experienced domestic or familial abuse cited their sexuality or gender identity as at least a contributing factor in the abuse.

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Crime: Domestic Abuse

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About three quarters of LGBTQ young people have experienced name calling, compared to nearly half who have experienced harassment or threats and intimidation, and almost a quarter who have experienced physical assault.

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Discrimination: Other
Crime: Hate Crime

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73% of the LGBTQ respondents agreed that discrimination against LGB people is still common and 90% of the LGBTQ sample agreed that discrimination against transgender people is still common.

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Discrimination: Other

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LGBTQ young people are twice as likely not to feel accepted in the area where they currently live, compared to heterosexual non-trans young people.

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Discrimination: Other

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3 in 5 LGBTQ young people that would be interested in joining a religious organisation have stopped or reduced their involvement owing to their sexuality or gender identity

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Discrimination: Other, Public Life

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Over a third of LGBTQ young people are not able to be open about their sexuality or gender identity at a sports club they are involved in.

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Discrimination: Other
Mental Health: Coming Out

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Over a quarter of LGBQ young people have not told their mother about their sexual orientation while nearly a half have not told their father, and 5% have not told anybody.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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Approximately half of trans respondents have not told parents or siblings that they are trans and 28% have not told anybody.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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Over half of trans respondents knew they were trans by the age of 13.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Mental Health: Coming Out

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Over half of LGBQ respondents knew they were LGBQ by the age of 13.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Mental Health: Coming Out

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When coming out as LGBQ or trans, over four fifths of LGBQ respondents and nearly two thirds of trans respondents told a friend first.

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Mental Health: Coming Out

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14% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) had been a victim of abuse.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs
Crime: Hate Crime

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4% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) had experienced domestic violence.

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Crime: Domestic Abuse
Substance Misuse: Drugs

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4% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) had been a victim of crime.

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Crime: Other
Substance Misuse: Drugs

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10% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) had assaulted someone.

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Crime: Other
Substance Misuse: Drugs

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15% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) had had an accident.

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Crime: Other
Substance Misuse: Drugs

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14% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) had self harmed.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs
Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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86% of LGBT respondents said that they had experienced some sort of a problem as a result of their alcohol use.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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39% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) reported arguments with family or friends.
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41% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) reported ill health.
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49% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their drug use reported having sex they regretted
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53% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their drug use had taken time off work/education.
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3 of the 6 LGBT respondents who answered a question about how they would feel if they were asked a question about their sexuality by a drug or treatment provider said that they would feel fine and that they regarded it as necessary in terms of their treatment.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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6% of LGBT respondents had sought help for their substance use and 3% had thought about doing so.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Despite the number of LGBT respondents who reported having experienced one or more problems as a result of their drug or alcohol use, only 2 in 5 perceived themselves to have ever had a drug or alcohol problem.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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44% of LGBT respondents who completed the questionnaire online agreed or strongly agreed that substance use was likely to increase at a time when people were thinking about coming out.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Those who returned self-completed questionnaires appear to drink more heavily. 16% of on-line respondents said that they never drank more than 6 (for women) or 8 (for men) units of alcohol on on occasion. None of those who returned self completion questionnaires said tihs.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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8 in 10 respondents said that they had drunk alcohol within the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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57% of the LGBT respondents who reported having experienced problems relating to their substance use (excluding alcohol) had had unprotected sex.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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