Facts and Figures

For facts and figures on various aspects of Scottish life, click on the links below

Living in Scotland

  • There is no way of knowing exactly how many LGB and T people there are in Scotland; however we estimate the figure to be around 300,000, 5-7 per cent of the population
  • More than four in five (83 per cent) people believe it is right to tackle prejudice against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people where they say it exists (Living Together, 2012)
  • Two thirds (65 per cent) support the Scottish Government's proposals to extend civil and religious marriage to same-sex couples (Living Together, 2012)

 Attitudes in Scotland

  • 30 per cent of Scots would be unhappy if a family member formed a relationship with someone of the same sex (Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2010)
  • 55 per cent said they would be unhappy with someone who cross-dresses in public forming a relationship with a close family member, and 49 per cent said the same of someone who has had a sex change operation (Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, 2010)
  • 92 per cent of Scots support legislation against discrimination in provision of healthcare and public and commercial services (Living Together, 2012)
  • 66 per cent of Scots think religious attitudes are to blame for public prejudice against LGB and T people (Living Together, 2012)
  • 94 per cent of Scots think homophobic bullying in schools should be tackled (Living Together, 2012)
  • 93 per cent of Scots support the fact that it's illegal to discriminate against people at work on the grounds of sexual orientation (Living Together, 2012)
  • 93 per cent of Scots would be comfortable if they had a gay colleague, 94 per cent if there was a gay footballer on their team, 91 per cent if one of their close friends was gay, and 81 per cent if their child was gay (Living Together, 2012).

Crime

  • Two thirds of LGB and T people in Scotland have been verbally abused, a third have been physically attacked (Stonewall Scotland How Safe are You, 2010)
  • 70% of LGBT Scots who have been physically attacked because of their sexual orientation have not reported this to anyone (Stonewall Scotland How Safe are You, 2010)
  • 93 per cent of Scots believe it should be illegal to incite hatred on the basis of sexual orientation (Living Together, 2012)

Domestic abuse

  • One in four lesbian and bisexual women have experienced domestic abuse from a partner (Prescription for change, 2008)
  • Half of gay and bisexual men have experienced domestic abuse from a family member and more than a third have experienced at least one incident of abuse from a partner, compared to one in seven men generally (Gay and bisexual men's Health Survey, 2012)

Homophobic Bullying

  •  52 per cent of lesbian, gay or bisexual young people have been homophobically bullied at school (The School Report, 2012)
  • The use of homophobic language is endemic. Almost all (99 per cent) gay young people hear the phrases  ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school and ninety seven per cent of gay pupils hear homophobic language such as ‘poof’ or ‘lezza’(The School Report, 2012)
  • One in four (26 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils who experience homophobic bullying say that teachers who witness the bullying never challenge it(The School Report, 2012)
  • Only 11 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils report that teachers challenge homophobic language every time they hear it (The School Report, 2012)
  • Less than three in five (57 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils report that their schools say homophobic bullying is wrong (The School Report, 2012)
  • Homophobic bullying has a profoundly damaging impact on young people’s school experience. Half (49 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils don't feel that they are achieving their best at school, and seven in ten have skipped school (The School Report, 2012)
  • Gay people who are bullied are at a higher risk of suicide, self-harm and depression. One in four (26 per cent) have attempted to take their own life and more than half (54 per cent) deliberately harm themselves, which can include cutting or burning themselves (The School Report, 2012)   

The Workplace

  • In the last five years 6 per cent of people – 162,000 Scots of working age – have witnessed verbal homophobic or transphobic bullying at work and two per cent – 54,000 Scots of working age – have witnessed physical homophobic or transphobic bullying at work (Living Together, 2012)
  • 74% of LGB customers and 42% of straight consumers are less likely to buy products from companies that hold negative views of lesbians and gay men (Serves you Right, 2007)

Health and the NHS

  • One in four LGB young people have attempted to take their own life because of homophobic bullying, and 54 per cent have self harmed (The School Report, 2012)
  • In the last year, three per cent of gay men and seven per cent of bisexual men have attempted to take their own life. Just 0.4 per cent of men in general attempted to take their own life in the same period. (Gay and bisexual men's health survey, 2012)
  • Just three in ten lesbian and bisexual women say that healthcare workers did not make inappropriate comments when they came out and just one in nine felt that their partner was welcome during a consultation (Prescription for Change, 2008)
  • More than a third of gay and bisexual men are not out to their GP or healthcare
    professionals. Gay and bisexual men are more likely to be out to their manager, work colleagues, family and friends than their GP (Gay and bisexual men's health survey, 2012)

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