Evidence Exchange of LGBT Statistics

Welcome to LGBT Foundation’s Evidence Exchange, an evidence base of statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) needs and experiences.

Topics range from healthcare to homophobia and schools to safer sex. The evidence base is continuously updated to include new research, and all records include as much information about the statistic as possible.

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The two most common drugs taken by LGB people are cannabis (20%) and poppers (18%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2012

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LGB people are 7 times more likely to have taken an illicit drug in the last month (35%) than the general population (4.8%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2012

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Older gay and bisexual males are almost 3 times more likely to be single than heterosexual males.

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2010

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89% of LGB people report drinking alcohol within the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2012

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35% of LGB people used at least one drug in the last month (excluding alcohol).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2012

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LGBT people who use illegal drugs or legal drugs without prescription are more likely to smoke (44%) than LGBT people who do not use drugs (22%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs, Smoking

Year: 2009

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LGBT people who use illegal drugs or legal drugs without a prescription are more likely to have experienced homelessness (26%) than LGBT people who do not use drugs (16%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs
Legal rights: Homelessness

Year: 2009

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LGBT people who drink alcohol are more likely to be supported by LGBT friends (68%) than LGBT people who don't drink (52%). They are also more likely to be supported by straight friends (60%) compared to those who do not drink alcohol (45%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2009

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LGBT people who use drugs are more likely to be supported by lovers (8%) than LGBT people who do not use drugs (2%). Additionally they are more likely to be supported by LGBT friends (70%) compared to non-drug users (61%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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LGBT people who use illegal drugs or legal drugs without prescription are more likely to have experienced a hate crime in the last 5 years due to their sexuality or gender identity (81%) than those who do not use drugs (66%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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LGBT people who experience mental health difficulties are more likely to not drink alcohol (18%) than LGBT people who have not experienced mental health difficulties in the past 5 years (9%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol
Mental Health: Other

Year: 2009

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LGBT people who experience mental health difficulties are more likely to have used illegal drugs or legal drugs without prescription in the past 5 years (56%) than LGBT people who have not experienced mental health difficulties (38%).

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Mental Health: Other
Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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LGBT people who do not drink alcohol are more likely to have attempted suicide (10%) than LGBT alcohol drinkers (6%). Additionally they are more likely to have had serious thoughts of suicide (24%) than LGBT people who do drink alcohol (6%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol
Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm, Suicidal Thoughts

Year: 2009

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LGBT people who have used drugs are more likely to have had serious thoughts of suicide (21%) than LGBT people who have never used drugs (14%). Additionally they are more likely to have attempted suicide (7%) than those who do not use drugs (6%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs
Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm, Suicidal Thoughts

Year: 2009

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58% of LGBT people who drink alcohol would use an LGBT-specific alcohol help or advice service.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2009

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57% of LGBT people have at some point been concerned about how much they drink.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2009

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28% of LGBT said that drinking alcohol had lead to unprotected sex.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol
Sexual Health: Condom Use

Year: 2009

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Only 2% of LGBT people who have ever used an illegal drug or a legal drug without prescription have ever used a drug service.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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LGBT people are over 9 times more likely to have used cocaine in the last year (22%) compared to the general population (2.4%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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LGBT people are over 4 times more likely to have used cannabis in the last year (33%) compared to the general population (8.7%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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