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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Lesbian women are most likely to report having used recreational drugs (79%), followed by gay men (77%), heterosexual men (72%) and heterosexual women (60%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

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65% of LGB people said that they would feel more confident in accessing health services if health care professionals acknowledged equal status to same-sex relationships in their literature and culture.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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Between 25 and 50% of LGB people felt they had received inappropriate health treatment due to feeling that they could not declare their sexual orientation to healthcare professionals, or that it had not been taken into account in their treatment plan.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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61% of gay men in the UK no longer live in the town in which they were born.

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Population Characteristics: Other

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67% of LGB people reported a positive experience whilst receiving healthcare or treatment. 15% reported a negative experience.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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10% of LGB people believed they had received inappropriate advice on methods of contraception, cervical smears and HIV/AIDS testing in relation to their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Sexual Health: HIV Information

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3% of LGB people said they were pressurised into having a HIV/AIDS test because of their sexual orientation. Of those, 60% reported that they were tested without their consent and thought their sexual orientation had prompted this.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Sexual Health: HIV Testing

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19% of LGB people reported that they would not register their same-sex partner as their next of kin with healthcare professionals due to fear of discrimination, not feeling that their sexual orientation would be kept private and fear of their medical treatment being affected.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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45% of LGB people using social care services said they had faced discrimination whilst using services.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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4% of therapists reported that they would attempt to change a client's sexual orientation, if the client asked for such therapy.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other

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17% of therapists reported having assisted at least one client/patient to reduce or change his or her homosexual or lesbian feelings

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Mental Health: Other

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62% of LGB people had either come ‘out’ or been ‘outed’ whilst accessing a health service. Of these 26% felt that this changed the response or attitude of the health care provider.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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Only 2% of social care service providers said that they had carried out any specific work to promote equality for transgender people.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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Only 9% of social care service providers said that they had carried out any specific work to promote equality for LGB people.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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When surveyed only 9% of social service providers could give examples of the equality work they have carried out around sexual orientation.This compares to 37% who gave an example relating to race equality and 33% who gave an example relating to disability equality

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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When surveyed only 9% of social service providers could give examples of the equality work they have carried out around sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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94% of social service providers reported that they were carrying out some general work around equality and diversity.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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There are around 10,000 transgender people in the UK who have registered their gender dysphoria with medical services.
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39% of LGB people from white UK backgrounds said they had faced prejudice when using social services because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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14% of care homes gave sexual orientation in a list of factors that they would take into account during assessment or care planning. However less than 1% of providers said that they had actually done any specific work around sexual orientation and assessment or care planning.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

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