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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21% of trans people start the transition process by seeking help from a knowledgeable GP to begin the process of obtaining gender reassignment surgery, or other relevant services.

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2007

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1 in 4 trans people are made to use an inappropriate toilet in the workplace, or none at all, in the early stages of transition.

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2007

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At work over 10% of trans people experienced being verbally abused and 6% were physically assaulted. As a consequence of harassment and bullying 25% of trans people will feel obliged to change their jobs.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Crime: Hate Crime, Assault

Year: 2007

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42% of trans people not living permanently in their preferred gender role were prevented from doing so because they feared it might threaten their employment status.

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2007

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44% of trans people not living permanently in their preferred gender, intended to do so in the future.

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2007

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Only 27% of LGB people aged over 50 say that they have experienced homophobic bullying compared with 65% of young LGB people at school in 2007.

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Discrimination: Bullying

Year: 2007

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LGBT people believe that they would face barriers from political parties should they run for parliament. Nearly 9 in 10 think they would face barriers from the Conservative Party, 6 in 10 believe they would face difficulties from the Labour party and nearly half believed they would face barriers from the Liberal Democrats.

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Discrimination: Public Life

Year: 2007

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Despite being ineligible to donate blood, 10.6% of men who reported sex with another man also reported blood donation, 2.5% reported blood donation in the last year.

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Discrimination: Healthcare

Year: 2011

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82% of LGBT people felt they had taken risks when using alcohol or drugs.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Drugs

Year: 2009

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93% of LGBT people drink alcohol.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2008

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Transgendered people are more likely to smoke cigarettes than LGB people. 28% of LGB people are regular smokers and 16% are occasional smokers compared with 32% of Transgendered people who are regular smokers and 24% are who are occasional smokers.

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

Year: 2012

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In Northern Ireland, heterosexual men are more likely to drink alcohol than heterosexual women, 78% compared with 72%. However for the LGBT population this is reversed, with 93% of women and 89% of LGBT men drinking alcohol.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2012

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LGBT are twice as likely to drink daily or on most days than heterosexual people (13% and 6% respectively).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2012

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91% of LGBT people drink alcohol compared with 74% of heterosexual people.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2012

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Half of transgendered people showed one or more indicators of drug abuse.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2012

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LGBT people are 3 times as likely to have taken an illicit drug in their lifetime (62%) than heterosexual people (22%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2012

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Lesbian or gay people are more likely to take Viagra (37.5%) compared with bisexual people (25%) and heterosexual people (13.5).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2006

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84.7% of gay and bisexual men reported using alcohol in the last year, of these, 13.1% reported being concerned about their alcohol use.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2009

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19% of gay and bisexual men who use alcohol and 15% who use poppers reported that they were less likely to practice safe sex.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs
Sexual Health: Condom Use

Year: 2005

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32% of gay and bisexual men described their tobacco use as 'problematic/harmful'.

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

Year: 2005

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The most regularly used drugs by gay and bisexual men are alcohol (87%), tobacco (53%), poppers (43%), cannabis (31%) and cocaine (16%).

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

Year: 2005

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Lesbian and bisexual women are four times more likely (26.9%) to have taken a drug in the last year than heterosexual women (6.8%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2010

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Gay and Bisexual men are three times more likely (38.2%) to have taken a drug in the last year than heterosexual men (13.3%).

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2010

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LGB people are more likely to have taken a drug in the last year (32.8%) than heterosexual people (10%). They are also more likely to have taken a class A drug (11.1%) than heterosexual people (3.6%) in the last year.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2010

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39% of gay men who smoke, on average have 11-20 cigarettes a day.

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Substance Misuse: Smoking

Year: 2004

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12% of LGBT people strongly agreed that substance use is likely to increase when people are thinking of coming out. 32% agreed, 8% disagreed and 3% strongly disagreed.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs
Mental Health: Coming Out

Year: 2009

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84% of LGBT people reported drinking alcohol in the last month.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2009

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86% of LGBT people reported experiencing some sort of problem as a result of their alcohol use.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2009

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40% of LGBT people reported experiencing problems as a result of their substance use.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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80% of LGBT people report having used at least one substance (including tobacco but excluding alcohol) on at least one occasion.

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Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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