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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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.

Topics:
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.

Topics:
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).

Topics:
Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2012

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

Topics:
Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2012

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

Topics:
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%).

Topics:
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).

Topics:
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.

Topics:
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.

Topics:
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'.

Topics:
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%).

Topics:
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%).

Topics:
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%).

Topics:
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.

Topics:
Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2010

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

Topics:
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.

Topics:
Substance Misuse: Drugs
Mental Health: Coming Out

Year: 2009

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

Topics:
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.

Topics:
Substance Misuse: Alcohol

Year: 2009

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

Topics:
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.

Topics:
Substance Misuse: Drugs

Year: 2009

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85% of LGB people over 50 said they will give information regarding their sexual/gender identities if they believe the service is lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friendly and the data is confidential and anonymous.

Topics:
Discrimination: Healthcare

Year: 2010

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35% of LGB people aged 50 and over believed health professionals to be positive towards non-heterosexual clients. A smaller percentage (16%) trusted health professionals to be generally knowledgeable about non-heterosexual lifestyles.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2010

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49% of LGB people aged 60 and over, reported that they could be open about their sexual orientation without fear of prejudice in their local health practice or hospital.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2010

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69% of LGB people over 50, said they had not seen any mention of LGB people in practice information or seen any leaflets or posters that mention them. 12% of the same group had, but only in relation to sexual health.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2011

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33% of LGB trans people, over the age of 50, said they were out as lesbian, gay or bisexual to someone in their GP practice. Of this group 50% were happy to be asked their sexual orientation.

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2011

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59% of disabled LGB people over the age of 50, reported good experiences and 30% reported bad experiences, in general practice.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2011

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67% of LGB people, over the age of 50 and who were also disabled, said they were out as lesbian, gay or bisexual to someone in their GP practice. (This goes up to 91% for disabled gay men).

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2011

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Irish LGB people in the UK, over the age of 50 reported even fewer good experiences (30% compared to 51% for overall LGB people over 50) and even more bad experiences (56% compared to 24% for overall LGB people over 50) in general practice.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2011

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41% of LGB people, over the age of 50 and who were "not White British," reported good experiences and 31% experienced bad experiences in general practice. This is compared to 51% and 24% for LGB "White British" people.

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Discrimination: Healthcare
Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2011

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78% of LGB people, over the age of 50 and who were "not White British," said they would be happy to be asked about their sexual orientation, in confidential surroundings, when registering with a GP practice

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Population Characteristics: Other

Year: 2011

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