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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Gay and lesbian smokers smoked significantly more than the national average (17.8 compared with 14.2 cigarettes per day).

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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Half or Lesbian & gay and bisexual respondents were likely to exceed daily alcohol limits compared to two fifths within the national average.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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Respondents who identified themselves as lesbian or gay were significantly more likely to drink at hazardous or harmful levels than the average (34% v. 23%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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There were no significant differences in the proportion of heterosexual, lesbian and gay, or bisexual respondents who had 20 or more teeth.

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Physical Health: Other

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Respondents who identified as bisexual were less likely to report being in good or very good health than the national average (68% vs. 76%).

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Mental Health: Other
Physical Health: Other
Population Characteristics: Other

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Same-sex-attracted boys are 60% more likely to fail a course in high school than are other-sex-attracted boys.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Discrimination: Education

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Same-sex-attracted girls are 65% more likely than other-sex-attracted girls to have been in a physical fight in the past year.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Discrimination: Education

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87% of participants from queer sporting clubs reported that their clubs had policies that promote the safety and inclusion of LGBT people compared to only 12% of participants mainstream clubs.

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Discrimination: Sport

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14% of the LGBT female participants would like to do dancing but don't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport

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14% of the LGBT female participants would like to do synchronised swimming but don't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport

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When asked, half of all the lesbian or gay respondents had at least one experience of risky single occasion drinking between the ages of 18-19; 1 in 3 bisexual and 1 in 4 heterosexual respondents reported the same.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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When asked, 2 in 5 lesbian or gay respondents drank more than 2 days a week between the ages of 18-19; 1 in 4 bisexual and 1 in 5 heterosexual respondents reported the same.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

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When asked, 2 in 5 lesbian, gay or bisexual respondents had a history of smoking cigarettes between the ages of 15-16, whereas only 1 in 5 heterosexual respondents had done the same.

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

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43% of the LGBT female participants would like to play Australian football but don't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport

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5% of LGBT male participants wanted to play netball but didn't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport

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10% of LGBT male participants wanted to play soccer but didn't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport

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5% of LGBT male participants wanted to do lawn bowls but didn't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport, Sport

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Nearly half of LGBT male participants wanted to play Australian football but didn't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport

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18% of LGBT male participants wanted to play rugby but didn't because of their sexual orientation.

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Discrimination: Sport

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26% of LGBT male participants and 10% of female participants reported there were sports they would like to play but did not because of their sexuality.

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Discrimination: Sport

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58% of the transgender participants reported that there are sports they would like to play but don’t, and this was due to gender identity rather than sexual identity.

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Discrimination: Sport

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A quarter of LGBT participants identified social interaction/friendship as the main reason for participation in sport and physical activity.

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Mental Health: Building Social Networks
Discrimination: Sport

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35% of LGBT participants identified health and fitness as the main reason for participation in sport and physical activity

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Physical Health: Other

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14% of LGBT participants identified enjoyment as the main reason for participation in sport and physical activity.

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Discrimination: Sport

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43% of LGBT participants experienced sexism but only 17% reported this.

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Discrimination: Other

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3% of LGBT participants reported an experience of physical homophobic assault at some time during their involvement in sport.

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Discrimination: Sport

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16% of LGBT participants who experienced abuse wile undertaking sport and confronted it, felt offended and angry, but importantly, focussed the feelings on the abuser.

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Discrimination: Sport

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Over two fifths of LGBT participants experienced verbal homophobia at some time during their involvement in sport with 87% saying this had affected them in some way.

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Discrimination: Sport

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Female LGBT participants reported more experience of verbal abuse while undertaking sport than male and transgender participants.

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Discrimination: Sport

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84% of the LGBT participants were involved in a mainstream sports club but were not generally out in that club.

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Mental Health: Coming Out
Discrimination: Sport

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