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 majority of LGB women conceived within months of actively trying to get pregnant (88%). 58% indicated that the process was 'hard' or 'very hard' whereas 28% say the process was 'easy' or 'very easy'.

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Physical Health: Other

Year: 2010

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84% of LGB women respondents reported conceiving using donated sperm.

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Physical Health: Other

Year: 2010

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50% of LGB women eligible for cervical screening, had at some point, failed to respond to a routine invitation for a cervical screening test. Of these women, 35% considered themselves less at risk of cervical cancer than a heterosexual woman.

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Physical Health: Cancer

Year: 2011

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28% of LGB women have been told that a cervical screening test is not necessary for them.

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Physical Health: Cancer

Year: 2011

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91% of LGB women believe that they need to have cervical screening tests, 4% did not know if such a test is required and 5% believed it was not necessary to have such a test.

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Physical Health: Cancer

Year: 2011

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80% of lesbian women showed indicators of polycystic ovaries compared to 32% of heterosexual women.

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Physical Health: Other

Year: 2004

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38% of lesbian women had polycystic ovary syndrome compared to 14% of heterosexual women.

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Physical Health: Other

Year: 2004

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Between 15-23% of trans people feel that being trans affects the way they access routine non trans-related healthcare. The research suggests that trans people avoid accessing routine healthcare because they anticipate prejudicial treatment from healthcare professionals.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

Year: 2008

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30% of trans people experience this response when requesting treatment – a practitioner wanting to help but lacking information about trans issues.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

Year: 2008

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51% of trans people paid for their treatment after funding refusal for gender reassignment surgery. Nearly half of all respondents were in the lower income bracket of less than €25,000 per year.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

Year: 2008

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82% of trans people have been refused 'State' funding for the acceptable baseline surgeries – these were the minimum required for trans people to live in their acquired gender.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

Year: 2008

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79% of trans people have been refused 'State' funding for hormones.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

Year: 2008

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Half of Transgender people seeking gender reassignment treatment attended a gender identity clinic.

Year: 2008

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20% of trans people are asked to use the toilets of their former gender or disabled toilets whilst at work, and of those using toilets appropriate to their acquired gender (78%), a significant number experience being treated differently in a negative way or subjected to inappropriate comments or abuse.

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Discrimination: Employment

Year: 2007

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14.3% of transgender youth in the US are HIV+ which is the highest rate of any youth group.

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Sexual Health: HIV Information

Year: 2007

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Trans people are over-represented in the prison population – more than twice what would be expected.

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Discrimination: Other

Year: 2007

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58% of trans people in the US were in paid employment, 15% of the remaining reported their trans status as the reason they lost their job.

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Discrimination: Employment

Year: 2007

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37% of trans people in the US had been demoted at work or lost their jobs due to their gender transition.

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Discrimination: Employment

Year: 2007

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Over 50% of trans people had changed employers either because they were forced to leave by their previous employer, or felt compelled to leave due to the working conditions post-transition.

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Discrimination: Employment

Year: 2007

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48% of trans people in the US had been victims of assault, including sexual assault and rape, and 78% had experienced verbal harassment.

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Crime: Hate Crime, Sexual Assault

Year: 2007

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43% of trans people in the US had been a victim of violence or crime, with 75% of those attributing a motive of either transphobia or homophobia to it.

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Crime: Hate Crime

Year: 2007

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45% of trans people reported family breakdown which was due to their cross gender identity. 37% are excluded from family events and have family members who no longer speak to them because they have transitioned to their acquired gender, and 20% of respondents felt informally excluded from their local community and neighbourhood since their transition.

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Discrimination: Other

Year: 2007

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34% of trans people obtain a degree or higher degree, compared to the UK national average of only 27%.

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2007

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64% of young trans men and 44% of young trans women will experience harassment or bullying at school, not just from their fellow pupils but also from school staff including teachers.

Topics:
Discrimination: Bullying, Education
Crime: Hate Crime

Year: 2007

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1 in 4 trans people live in private rented accommodation, which is double the figure for the UK general population. Private sector housing provision is often of poorer quality with less security of tenure

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2007

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47% of trans people do not use public, social or leisure facilities for fear of discriminatory treatment – by being refused access, or having their access limited in some way.

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Discrimination: Public Life

Year: 2007

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73% of trans people have experienced harassment, with 10% being victims of threatening behaviour when out in public spaces.

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Crime: Hate Crime
Discrimination: Public Life

Year: 2007

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18.5% of trans people who had interactions with the police felt they were not treated appropriately.

Topics:
Discrimination: Public Life

Year: 2007

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17% of trans people had experience with a doctor or nurse who did not approve of gender reassignment, and hence refused services. 29% felt that being trans adversely affected the way they were treated by health care professionals.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2007

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21% of trans people who went to seek help from a GP to begin the process of obtaining gender reassignment surgery, did not get help and in 6% of cases the GP actually refused to help.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2007

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