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LGBT facts and figures

Health

  • Half of LGBT people (52 per cent) said they’ve experienced depression in the last year.
  • Nearly two-thirds of bi women (72 per cent) and just over half of bi men (56 per cent) have experienced anxiety in the last year.
  • One in eight LGBT people (13 per cent) have experienced some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they’re LGBT.
  • Almost one in four LGBT people (23 per cent) have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff.
  • One in twenty LGBT people (five per cent) have been pressured to access services to question or change their sexual orientation when accessing healthcare services. While one in five trans people (20 per cent) have been pressured to access services to suppress their gender identity.
  • One in seven LGBT people (14 per cent) have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination because they’re LGBT.

Taken from LGBT in Britain – Health (2018).

Home and Communities

  • Only half of lesbian, gay and bi people (46 per cent) and trans people (47 per cent) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation or gender identity to everyone in their family.
  • Three in ten bi men (30 per cent) and almost one in ten bi women (8 per cent), say they cannot be open about their sexual orientation with any of their friends, compared to two per cent of gay men and one per cent of lesbians.
  • More than one in ten LGBT people (11 per cent) have faced domestic abuse from a partner in the last year.
  • Almost one in five LGBT people (18 per cent) have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.
  • Half of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people (51 per cent) have experienced discrimination or poor treatment from others in their local LGBT community because of their ethnicity.
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people are about twice as likely to attend LGBT-specific venues or events as white LGBT people, 45 per cent compared to 22 per cent.
  • Three in ten LGBT people of faith (29 per cent) take part at least once a month in a collective activity connected with their faith.
  • A third of lesbian, gay and bi people of faith (32 per cent), and one in four trans people of faith (25 per cent), aren’t open with anyone in their faith community about their identity.

Taken from LGBT in Britain – Home and Communities (2018).

At Work

  • More than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) have hidden that they are LGBT at work for fear of discrimination.
  • Almost two in five bi people (38 per cent) aren’t out to anyone at work about their sexual orientation, compared to seven per cent of gay men and four per cent of lesbians. While one in four trans people (26 per cent) aren’t open with anyone at work about being trans.
  • Almost one in five LGBT staff (18 per cent) have been the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues because they’re LGBT.
  • Almost one in five LGBT people (18 per cent) who were looking for work said they were discriminated against because of their identity while trying to get a job.
  • One in eight trans people (12 per cent) have been physically attacked by customers or colleagues in the last year.

Taken from LGBT in Britain – Work (2018).

 

At University

  • Two in five LGBT students (42 per cent) have hidden their identity at university for fear of discrimination.
  • More than a third of trans students (36 per cent) and seven per cent of lesbian, gay and bi students who aren’t trans faced negative comments or conduct from university staff because they’re LGBT.
  • Almost half of LGBT disabled students (47 per cent) have been the target of negative comments or conduct from other students.
  • More than a quarter of LGBT students (28 per cent) say they were excluded by other students for being LGBT.

Taken from LGBT in Britain – University (2018).

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).

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).