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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Older LGBT people experience evidenced risks of being victims of hate crimes, including ongoing harassment, criminal damage, intimidations and attacks on personal property.

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Crime: Hate Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Crime

Year: 2015

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A necessarily crude estimate would suggest the numbers of older lesbian and gay men in the UK may be up to 1.2 million people.

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Population Characteristics: Other, Other, Other, Other, Other, Other

Year: 2015

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LGBT people make a £40bn contribution to the cost of public services through their taxes.

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Population Characteristics: Other, Other, Other, Other, Other, Other

Year: 2015

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individuals who have identified themselves as LGB in the Integrated Household Survey are more likely to have degree level education (33.3% compared to 21.9%) or higher and work in managerial or professional occupations (49% compared with 30%).

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Population Characteristics: Education, Education, Education, Education, Education, Education

Year: 2015

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People ages 65 or more are significantly less likely (8.2%) to define themselves as LGB.

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Population Characteristics: Other, Other, Other, Other, Other, Other

Year: 2015

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There are an estimated 726,000 LGB people who are potential users of public services, including housing and care.

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Population Characteristics: Housing, Housing, Housing, Housing, Housing, Housing

Year: 2015

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Regarding body image issues in gay and bisexual men, the report found that: 1) 42.7% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their health, compared to 36.4% of heterosexual men. 2) 60.9% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their physical fitness, compared to 53.9% of heterosexual men. 3) 59.6% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their weight, compared to 45.5% of heterosexual men. 4) 16.5% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their height, compared to 9.1% of heterosexual men. 5) 59.2% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their body shape, compared to 40% of heterosexual men. 6) 25.1% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their face and features (eyes, ears, nose), compared to 18.8% of heterosexual men. 7) 44.5% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their teeth, compared to 38.8% of heterosexual men. 8) 32.6% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their hair, compared to 23% of heterosexual men. 9) 30.8% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their body hair, compared to 20.6% of heterosexual men. 10) 29.1% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their genitals, compared to 20% of heterosexual men. 11) 29.8% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their age, compared to 15.8% of heterosexual men. 12) 61.7% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their body fat, compared to 46.1% of heterosexual men. 13) 58.1% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with their muscularity, compared to 40.6% of heterosexual men. 14) 44.8% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with how much they eat, compared to 32.1% of heterosexual men. 15) 26.4% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with how much alcohol they drink, compared to 24.8% of heterosexual men. 16) 62.7% of GB men reported being dissatisfied with how much they exercise, compared to 52.7% of heterosexual men.

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Mental Health: Confidence & Self Esteem, Confidence & Self Esteem, Confidence & Self Esteem, Confidence & Self Esteem, Confidence & Self Esteem

Year: 2015

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Regarding drinking alcohol to intoxication among specific groups of LGB women, the report found that: 1) 29.4% of lesbian and gay women reported never drinking to intoxication, compared to 25.4% of bisexual women. 2) 30.5% of lesbian and gay women reported drinking to intoxication once a year or less, compared to 28% of bisexual women. 3) 16.8% of lesbian and gay women reported drinking to intoxication once a month, compared to 19% of bisexual women. 4) 8.1% of lesbian and gay women reported drinking to intoxication 2-3 times a month, compared to 14.8% of bisexual women. 5) 8.7% of lesbian and gay women reported drinking to intoxication once a week, compared to 6.3% of bisexual women. 6) 5.3% of lesbian and gay women reported drinking to intoxication 2+ times a week, compared to 6.3% of bisexual women. 7) 1.1% of lesbian and gay women reported drinking to intoxication every day, compared to 0% of bisexual women.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol

Year: 2015

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Regarding drinking alcohol to intoxication, the report found that: 1) 27.8% of LGB women reported never drinking to intoxication, compared to 36.2% of heterosexual women. 2) 29.6% of LGB women reported drinking to intoxication once a year or less, compared to 28.5% of heterosexual women. 3) 17.5% of LGB women reported drinking to intoxication once a month, compared to 13.7% of heterosexual women. 4) 10.4% of LGB women reported drinking to intoxication 2-3 times a month, compared to 8.4% of heterosexual women. 5) 7.8% of LGB women reported drinking to intoxication once a week, compared to 7.5% of heterosexual women. 6) 6.1% of LGB women reported drinking to intoxication 2+ times a week, compared to 5.6% of heterosexual women. 7) 0.7% of LGB women reported drinking to intoxication every day, compared to 0% of heterosexual women.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol

Year: 2015

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Regarding alcohol dependency among specific groups of LGB women, the report found that: 1) In lesbian and gay women, 4.3% of alcohol use was considered dependent, while 95.7% was considered non-dependent. 2) In bisexual women, 4.7% of alcohol use was considered dependent, while 95.3% was considered non-dependent.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol

Year: 2015

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Regarding alcohol dependency, the report found that: 1) In heterosexual women, 4% of alcohol use was considered dependent, while 96% was considered non-dependent. 2) In LGB women, 4.5% of alcohol use was considered dependent, while 95.5% was considered non-dependent.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol

Year: 2015

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Regarding alcohol use among specific groups of LGB women, the report found that: 1) In lesbian and gay women, 35.8% of alcohol use was considered hazardous, while 64.2% was considered non-hazardous. 2) In bisexual women, 40% of alcohol use was considered hazardous, while 60% was considered non-hazardous.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol

Year: 2015

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Regarding alcohol use, the report found that: 1) In heterosexual women, 31.9% of alcohol use was considered hazardous, while 68.1% was considered non-hazardous. 2) In LGB women, 37.1% of alcohol use was considered hazardous, while 62.9% was considered non-hazardous.

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Substance Misuse: Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol

Year: 2015

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About 40% of lesbian and bisexual women drink alcohol three or more times a week compared with a quarter of women in general.

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Physical Health: Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol

Year: 2015

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One in every six gay, lesbian and bisexual people have been the victim of a hate crime or incident in the previous three years.

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Discrimination: Hate Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Crime

Year: 2015

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LGB young people were 3.9 times more likely to make suicide plans, and 3.6 times more likely to attempt suicide.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm

Year: 2015

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48% of Trans* young people had made at least one suicide attempt in their lives...as compared to 26% of cisgender young people.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm

Year: 2015

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34% of young LGB people had made at least one suicide attempt in their lives...as compared to 18% of heterosexual young people.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm

Year: 2015

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Regarding self-harm in trans* individuals, the report found that: 1) 85.2% of trans* participants reported having self-harmed at least once, compared to 47.4% of cisgender participants. 2) 59.3% of trans* participants reported having self-harmed in the previous year, compared to 22.1% of cisgender participants. 3) 92.6% of trans* participants reported experiencing thoughts of self-harm at least once, compared to 63.5% of cisgender participants. 4) 70.4% of trans* participants reported experiencing thoughts of self-harm in the previous year, compared to 33.8% of cisgender participants.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm

Year: 2015

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Regarding suicide attempts in trans* individuals, the report found that: 1) 48.1% of trans* participants reported having attempted suicide at least once, compared to 26.2% of cisgender participants. 2) 29.8% of trans* participants reported having attempted suicide in the previous year, compared to 7.2% of cisgender participants. 3) 88.9% of trans* participants reported experiencing suicidal thoughts at least once, compared to 59.4% of cisgender participants. 4) 59.3% of trans* participants reported experiencing suicidal thoughts in the previous year, compared to 27.1% of cisgender participants.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm, Suicide & Self Harm

Year: 2015

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