Major new research reveals link between gay housing crisis and homophobic harassment


Stonewall Cymru and Triangle Wales are launching a major report into the housing needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in Wales. The report, The housing needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in Wales will be launched on Tuesday 3 October at the Welsh Assembly.

The report reveals shocking findings in LGB housing needs:

  • A major cause of housing problems for LGB people is homophobic harassment. Examples of harassment include arson, burglary, graffiti, and physical assault.
  • Youths are identified as a main source homophobic harassment and intimidation, and a significant contributory cause of housing problems for LGB people.
  • Young LGB people who have been forced out of their family home after 'coming out' to family members are at risk of homelessness and often find it difficult to discuss the reasons behind being homeless for fear of further discrimination.
  • Very few local authorities and housing providers understand the specific needs of LGB people or had guidance for their staff on how to deal with sexual orientation issues.

Jacqui Jablaoui, Projects Manager, Triangle Wales said 'While we had anecdotal evidence of homophobic attacks and harassment from the calls to the Triangle Wales housing and support helpline, it still comes as a shock when you see the research findings.'

Matthew Batten, Stonewall Cymru's Policy and Public Affairs Officer, said 'It is vital that local authorities and housing providers understand the specific housing needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. We are calling for all housing providers to demonstrate a zero tolerance approach to homophobia and introduce comprehensive policies and procedures that address the needs of LGB people in Wales.'

The launch will take place at 530pm at The Milling Area, Crickhowell House, Welsh Assembly Buildings. Telephone Jacqui Jablaoui on 029 2045 3030 or 07766251314 for more details.

For more information contact Jacqui Jablaoui on 029 2045 3030 email jj1@gwalia.com or contact Matthew Batten on 029 2023 7744, matthew.batten@stonewall.org.uk

Notes for editors

1. The housing report can be found at www.stonewallcymru.org.uk

2. Stonewall Cymru is the all Wales lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign group. www.stonewallcymru.org.uk

3. Triangle Wales provides housing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.www.trothwy.com Helpline number 0808 801 0306


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