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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In 2004 31.7% of men who engage in same sex sexually activity were verbally abused, but only 8% of victims reported the abuse to the police.

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Crime: Hate Crime

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In 2002 26% of gay men were discriminated against by strangers in the street; 13% from work colleagues; 5% on public transport and 5% while shopping.

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Discrimination: Employment, Public Life

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Over half of LGBT residents in Waltham Forest consider homophobic and trans phobic harassment to be a problem in the area.

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Crime: Hate Crime
Discrimination: Public Life

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3 out of 4 LGBT people living in Waltham Forest consider homophobic and trans-phobic harassment in the area to be the same as rates of harassment in other areas of London. 1 in 5 believe harassment is worse in Waltham Forest and just under 1 in 20 believe it is worse in other areas in London.

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Crime: Hate Crime
Discrimination: Public Life

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30% of LGBT people in Waltham Forest knew the police had a LGBT liaison officer. For the majority, knowing this increased their confidence that the police would treat them fairly.

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Legal rights: Other
Population Characteristics: Other

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Just under 4 in 10 LGBT residents in Waltham Forest have been verbally abused for being LGBT.

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Discrimination: Other
Crime: Hate Crime

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In 2004 8.3% of men who engage in same sex sexually activity were physically attacked, but only 36% of victims reported the attacks to the police.

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Crime: Hate Crime, Assault

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3.9% of women and 5.5% of men aged 16 to 44 and living in London had a same sex sexual partner in the last five years. The figures are lower in the rest of the UK for both women (2.4%) and men (2.1%), confirming that sexual minorities migrate to large cities, especially London.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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12% of LGBT people living in Waltham Forest thought the council was making the area a better place for LGBT people.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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Around 1 in 3 LGBT people living in Waltham Forest were proud of their local area

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Population Characteristics: Other

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Almost half of the LGBT residents in Waltham Forest believed that the area had not got worse or improved in recent years.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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4.7% of gay and bisexual men reported using crystal meth in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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39% of gay and bisexual men reported that they would be more likely to have unsafe sex when using drugs.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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5.5% of men living in London aged 16-44 have had a same sex sexual partner in the past 5 years.
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30% of LGBT people living in Waltham Forest thought that the council was doing a good job.
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40% of LGBT people who reported verbal abuse in Waltham Forest were pleased with the police response.

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Crime: Hate Crime

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15.2% of LGB people have used poppers in the previous year compared to only 1.4% of heterosexuals.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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It is estimated that between 7.9 and 23% of LGBT people have used cocaine in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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2.6% of LGB people report using ketamine in the last year, compared with 0.5% of heterosexual people.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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7% of LGBT people have reported taking ecstasy in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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4.6% of LGB people have reported using amphetamines in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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LGB people are three times more likely to report having taken an illicit drug than heterosexual people.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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50% of gay men report using a recreational drug in the last 12 months.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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52% of gay men and 44% of lesbians reported recreational drug use in the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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Three-quarters of gay and bisexual men in the UK have used recreational drugs at some point in their life.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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The use of stimulant drug use is almost five times more prevalent in LGB people than in the rest of the population.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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11.1% of LGB people report taking a Class A drug over the last 12 months compared with 3.6% of heterosexual people.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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53% of gay men born in Wales have now moved to elsewhere in the UK.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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87% of LGB people felt their sexual orientation was ‘never’ relevant, ‘not needed’, or ’not applicable’ in relation to getting appropriate health treatment.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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10% of LGB people were either referred or volunteered to go to a mental health service because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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