Stonewall Cymru launches its largest survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Wales


Stonewall Cymru is launching the largest survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in Wales. The All Wales LGB Survey 2006 will ask LGB people about their experiences of being lesbian and gay in Wales today. Findings from the survey will be reported to the Welsh Assembly and shall help towards delivering better services that meet the actual needs of diverse populations in Wales.

This year's survey will update findings from the first ever LGB Survey in 2003 which revealed some quite shocking findings, as published in the Counted Out report. 65-69% of respondents reported being offended by public statements about the morality of LGB people, being offended by articles or editorials in the print media and being offended by the way LGB people are portrayed on television. As a direct result of these findings Stonewall Cymru launched the LookOut Media Project, which challenges anti-gay reporting and encourages positive media portrayal of LGB people.

Dr Alison Parken, Director of Stonewall Cymru, says, 'This survey is a vital part of our ongoing campaign work to ensure fair treatment for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Wales. We need to know what gay life is like in Wales and what the situation is like for LGB people in the workplace, in education, in rural areas, for older people, for black and minority ethnic people and for people from faith communities.'

To take part in the survey visit www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/survey

It takes only 20 minutes to complete and is completely confidential and anonymous.

For more information: Matthew Batten, Policy and Public Affairs Officer on 029 2023 7744 or email matthew.batten@stonewall.org.uk

Notes for Editors
1. Stonewall Cymru is the all Wales lesbian, gay and bisexual equality group. www.stonewallcymru.org.uk

2. Findings from the first All Wales LGB Survey were published in the Counted Out report (2003). The report revealed some quite shocking findings, leading to the immediate adoption of the key recommendations by the Welsh Assembly. Highlights of the findings include:

  • More than 1 in 3 respondents reported being the victim of physical violence or bullying
  • Over half of those aged under 18 to 25 had been physically assaulted or bullied.

3. Counted Out report can be found at www.stonewallcymru.org.uk

 


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