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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Regarding self-harm in LGB individuals, the report found that: 1) 57.1% of LGB participants reported having self-harmed at least once, compared to 38.3% of heterosexual participants. 2) 28.4% of LGB participants reported having self-harmed in the previous year, compared to 17.9% of heterosexual participants. 3) 73% of LGB participants reported experiencing thoughts of self-harm at least once, compared to 46.4% of heterosexual participants. 4) 41.9% of LGB participants reported experiencing thoughts of self-harm in the previous year, compared to 27% of heterosexual 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 LGB individuals, the report found that: 1) 33.9% of LGB participants reported having attempted suicide at least once, compared to 17.9% of heterosexual participants. 2) 10% of LGB participants reported having attempted suicide in the previous year, compared to 6.1% of heterosexual participants. 3) 69.9% of LGB participants reported experiencing suicidal thoughts at least once, compared to 48% of heterosexual participants. 4) 34.6% of LGB participants reported experiencing suicidal thoughts in the previous year, compared to 20.4% of heterosexual 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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30% of agencies still fail to monitor sexual orientation or gender identity in finding shelter or accommodation for homeless youth.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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According to the Albert Kennedy Trust (2014): 1) 13% of housing providers recognized the unique needs of LGBT youth. 2) 3.9% of those providers had fully implemented the initiatives to address these needs. 3) 2.63% (two organisations) had designed LGBT initiatives that were being implemented and accessed appropriately.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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The top five issues presented by homeless LGBT young people (AKT, 2014) were: 1) Family rejection 2) Mental health issues 3) Alcohol abuse 4) Homophobic bullying 5) Sexual exploitation

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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The top three reasons for LGBT homelessness as reported by LGBT young people (AKT, 2014) were: 1) Parental rejection (69%) 2) Physical/emotional/sexual abuse within the family (69%) 3) Aggression/violence in the family (62%)

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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When asked what would have helped during periods of homelessness, the most common responses [from LGBT youth surveyed] were access to mental health services, social support, substance misuse support, and knowledge of - and access to - homelessness services.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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A negative impact upon physical and mental health was reported by 68% of previously homeless [LGBT young people surveyed] and 83% of currently homeless [LGBT young people surveyed], yet less than half had sought help.

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Physical Health: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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The majority [of the LGBT young people surveyed] believed identification as LGBT was a causal factor for homelessness.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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Almost a fifth of the young people surveyed disclosed that they were currently homeless or knew an LGBT young person who was currently homeless.

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Population Characteristics: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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All organisations [involved in the study] stated that homeless LGBT young people were likely to have different needs, related to their sexual/gender identity, than non-LGBT homeless young people

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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High levels of familial rejection, mental and sexual health issues, substance misuse, LGBT phobic victimisation, sexual exploitation and risky sexual behaviour, and domestic violence were presented by homeless LGBT young people accessing LGBT organisations.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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A belief by LGBT young people that their identification as LGBT was instrumental to these experiences (parental rejection, familial physical, sexual and emotional abuse, familial aggression and violence) was reported by almost all LGBT organisations.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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Of those LGBT organisations who reported contact with homeless LGBT young people, the three most common causes of homelessness were parental rejection, familial physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and familial aggression and violence.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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The majority of respondents identified sexual/gender identity as being instrumental to their exposure to these risks for homelessness (parental rejection, familial physical, sexual and emotional abuse and familial aggression and violence), with reports of higher rates of mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, and sexual exploitation/risky sexual behaviour.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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The most common causes for homelessness amongst LGBT young people reported by housing providers were parental rejection, familial physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and familial aggression and violence.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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77% of young people believed their sexual/gender identity was a causal factor in rejection from home.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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84% of LGBT organisations stated experience of service users disclosing homelessness, risk of homelessness, or living in a hostile environment.

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Population Characteristics: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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Homelessness can cost the state on average £24-30,000 a year, per person.

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Population Characteristics: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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LGBT homeless youth are highly likely (69%) to have experienced familial rejection, abuse and violence.

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Discrimination: Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness, Homelessness

Year: 2015

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