How to use the Evidence Exchange

All statistics have been assigned different topics and subtopics (click here for a Glossary of Terms). To search for a statistic:

• Enter the keyword you’re looking for in the ‘search term’ box
• Select a topic and sub-topic from the list
• Limit the date range of your results by using the ‘year’ selection (only statistics from research published within those years will be shown)
• Click ‘search’

At their simplest, the results are shown as a list of statistics, with the topic and sub-topic indicated below each one.

You can read a lot more information about each statistic, such as the year the research was published, the author or organisation that undertook the research, the sample size, and the original reference for the report that the statistic came from, by clicking ‘Read More’.

To access to this additional information, you need to be registered with LGBT Foundation, which is completely FREE, and only takes a couple of minutes to do.  This also provides you with the opportunity to receive our weekly e-bulletin, with all the latest LGBT news and events.

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Once you are registered with LGBT Foundation, you will be returned to your search results, and all additional information will be available to you for each statistic.

Guide to Referencing

There are many different referencing styles, and it doesn’t matter which style you use as long as the information you give is accurate and appropriate. The main thing to remember all statistics and evidence you use in written documents must be backed up with a reference. Every statistic in the Evidence Exchange is fully referenced, and most have a hyperlink to the original report. You can copy this straight from the listing page, but depending on what type of document you are writing, you may want to give a short reference instead.

Full Reference

If you are writing a long and/or formal document (such as a report, submission of evidence, or a funding bid) then statistics must be fully referenced with information about the author, the organisation or publisher which published the study, and where and when it was published. Use the following format:

Author Surname, Initial. ‘Title’. Publication Place: Organisation/Publisher, Year.

If there are several authors, list the first followed by “et al”.


Guasp, A. "Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual People in Later Life." London: Stonewall, 2011.

Whittle, S. et al. “Engendered Penalties: Transgender and Transsexual People’s Experiences of Inequality and Discrimination.” London: The Equalities Review, 2007.

Short reference

If you are writing a short and/or more informal document (such as a presentation, briefing sheet, or an info resource) the only information needed is the name of the organisation which published the study (or the author’s surname if this isn’t available) and the year of publication. Use the following format:


Stonewall, 2011.

Equalities Review, 2007.