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LGBT facts and figures

Health

  • A quarter (24 per cent) of patient-facing staff have heard colleagues make negative remarks about lesbian, gay or bi people
  • One in five (20 per cent) have heard similar disparaging remarks about trans people
  • Almost one in 10 (nine per cent) health and social care staff are aware of colleagues experiencing discrimination or poor treatment because they are trans
  • A quarter (26 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bi staff say they have personally experienced bullying or poor treatment from colleagues in the last five years as a result of their sexual orientation
  • Nearly half (48 per cent) of trans people under 26 said they had attempted suicide, and 30 per cent said they had done so in the past year, while 59 per cent said they had at least considered doing so

Taken from Unhealthy Attitudes (2015) and The RaRE Research Report (2015)

Hate crime

  • One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months
  • Two in five trans people have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the last 12 months 
  • The number of LGB people who have experienced a hate crime or incident in the last year because of their sexual orientation has risen by 78 percent since 2013
  • Four in five LGBT people who have experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police
  • One in ten LGBT people have experienced anti-LGBT abuse online directed towards them personally in the last month. This increases to one in four for trans people directly experiencing transphobic abuse online in the last month.

Taken from The Gay British Crime Survey (2013) and LGBT in Britain - Hate Crime (2017)

At work

  • One in five (19 per cent) lesbian, gay and bi employees have experienced verbal bullying from colleagues, customers or service users because of their sexual orientation in the last five years
  • One in eight (13 per cent) lesbian, gay and bi employees would not feel confident reporting homophobic bullying in their workplace
  • A quarter (26 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bi workers are not at all open to colleagues about their sexual orientation
  • Nearly half (42 per cent) of trans people are not living permanently in their preferred gender role stated they are prevented from doing so because they fear it might threaten their employment status
  • Over 10 per cent of trans people experienced being verbally abused and six per cent were physically assaulted at work. As a consequence of harassment and bullying, a quarter of trans people will feel obliged to change their jobs

Taken from Gay in Britain (2013) and Engendered Penalities (2007)

Education

  • Nearly half (45 per cent) of LGBT pupils - including 64 per cent of trans pupils - are bullied for being LGBT in Britain's schools. This is down from 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bi pupils who experienced bullying because of their sexual orientation in 2012 and 65 per cent in 2007
  • Half of LGBT pupils hear homophobic slurs 'frequently' or 'often' at school. 
  • Seven in 10 LGBT pupils report that their school says that homophobic and biphobic bullying is wrong, up from half in 2012 and a quarter in 2007
  • However, just two in five LGBT pupils report that their schools say that transphobic bullying is wrong
  • Just one in five LGBT pupils have been taught about safe sex in relation to same-sex relationships
  • More than four in five trans young people have self-harmed, as have three in five lesbian, gay and bi young people who aren't trans
  • More than two in five trans young people have attempted to take their own life. as have one in five lesbian, gay and bi students who aren't trans 

Taken from The School Report (2017) and The RaRE Research Report (2015)

International

  • 72 countries criminalise same-sex relationships (and in 45 the law is applied to women as well as men)
  • The death penalty is either ‘allowed’, or evidence of its existence occurs, in 8 countries
  • In more than half the world, LGBT people may not be protected from discrimination by workplace law
  • Most governments deny trans people the right to legally change their name and gender from those that were assigned to them at birth 
  • Between 2008 and 2014, there were 1,612 trans people were murdered across 62 countries - equivalent to a killing every two days 
  • A quarter of the world’s population believes that being LGBT should be a crime

Taken from Stonewall's International Work and ILGA World (2016).

Sport

  • Seven in 10 football fans who've attended a match have heard or witnessed homophobia on the terraces
  • One in ten LGBT people (10 per cent) who attended a live sporting event in the last year experienced discrimination because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 
  • Three in five fans believe anti-gay abuse from fans dissuades gay professional players from coming out
  • Over half of football fans think the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League are not doing enough to tackle anti-gay abuse
  • 17 per cent of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people have experienced and 49 per cent have witnessed homophobia or transphobia in sport.
  • 66 per cent of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people felt that there were problems with homophobia and transphobia in sport and that this acted as a barrier to LGBT people taking part.
  • One in eight LGBT people (12 per cent) avoid going to the gym or participating in sports groups because of fear of discrimination and harassment

Taken from Leagues Behind (2009)Out for Sport (2012) and ​LGBT in Britain - Hate Crime (2017)