We receive a lot of enquiries from school and university students asking for our help with their projects and essays. Although we’d love to be able to help with specific enquiries, unfortunately we don’t have enough staff or time to send individual responses.
But we don’t want to leave you high and dry – we appreciate your interest in our work and in LGBTQ+ communities. That’s why we’ve provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below.
What’s the UK’s LGBTQ+ population?
Research from the Office of National Statistics found that, in 2018, an estimated 2.2% of the population aged 16 years and over (1.2 million people) identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB).
However, it’s likely that the real figure is much higher. Previously, the government estimated that 5-7% of the population of England and Wales are LGB – but not all of them will identify themselves as such in research. The government’s 5-7% estimate would mean an LGB population of up to 4 million.
There’s very little reliable evidence on the trans population in the UK. There were no questions about trans identity in the census until this year, and we’re awaiting those results. There also isn’t any existing research that covers enough people to be statistically significant.
The best estimate at the moment is that around 1% of the population might identify as trans, including people who identify as non-binary. That would mean about 600,000 trans and non-binary people in Britain, out of a population of over 60 million.
Have you got any statistics on ...?
We’ve done loads of research on all aspects of the lived experiences of LGBT people in the UK. You’ll find the figures you need on our research page.
If you use our research or statistics in your project, please credit Stonewall and give the name and date of the report.
What does Stonewall mean by LGBTQ+?
We define LGBTQ+ as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace. The ‘Q’ covers both queer and questioning, and the ‘+’ recognises asexual (ace), aromantic (aro) and other sexual and gender minority identities.
We used ‘LGBT’ to talk about our communities from 2015, when we became trans inclusive as an organisation. Because of that, our research reports mainly refer to ‘LGBT’ people. However, since 2015 there’s been a huge amount of change in terms of our communities and the language we use, and we are now using the term ‘LGBTQ+’ to reflect this.
Language is very important when discussing LGBT issues, so you might find our glossary of terms useful.
What resources do you have?
We’ve a broad range of resources, from guides to posters and best practice advice to toolkits, placards and reports. They cover community issues, schools and our international work and they’re all free to download. All we ask is that you credit us if you quote from them.
Take a look at our international resources
Take a look at our community resources
Take a look at our education resources
Take a look at our research
Can I interview someone from Stonewall for my project?
We’re privileged to get a lot of requests for interviews and quotes, but we simply don’t have the resources to respond to them. We’re sure you’ll understand that we have to use our time working to ensure that all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves, and can live their lives to the full.
If you’d like to get our opinion on a particular subject, check out our blog Stonewall Says or follow us on social media.
Can you find me someone to interview from outside Stonewall?
Our resources are limited so we can’t put you in touch with our networks or use our website or social media feeds to find people to help with your project. If you need to interview someone to get their experiences of being LGBT, get in touch with a local LGBT group. The “What’s in my area” page of our website lists groups and activities across the country.
What’s Stonewall’s history?
Over the last 30 years, we have helped create transformative change in the lives of LGBTQ+ people across communities in the UK. We have travelled a path from Section 28, and the total suppression of LGBTQ+ identities in schools, to every child learning about our lives, families and relationships as part of the national curriculum in most of the UK.
That same path has taken us from a world where our relationships were criminalised to one where we have equal rights to love. And, for those of us who want to, equal rights to marry, or to have children. We are proud of who we are and what we have achieved together, but we know more change is desperately needed.
Take a look at our timeline which picks out key dates and milestones in our history.
Where can I find out more about LGBT history?
LGBTQ+ people have a long and fascinating history, much of it now documented in various archives and libraries. Some of this material is also available online.
Can you fund my project?
As a charity, our funds are limited and need to be spent on helping us create a world where all LGBTQ+ people can thrive.
Although we can’t help you with funding for your project, there are other organisations which have funding pots. Funding Central could be a good place to start. Other organisations, like Volunteering Matters, can help you find other people to support your project.
We hope these answers help you find what you’re looking for. If you still need a specific answer, or need support or advice, please complete the form here.