LGBT+ statistics

You can find the regularly updated source for these statistics on our shared drive.

Mental heath

52%

LGBT+ young people have reported self-harming

44%

have thought about suicide, in comparison with 26% non-LGBT+ people.

40%

have skipped school because of this bullying

52%

feel that bullying has had a negative effect on their plans for future education

84%

trans young people have self-harmed.

61%

LGB young people have self-harmed

45%

trans young people have attempted to take their own life.

22%

LGB young people have attempted to take their own life

4 times

more likely for US LGB teens to commit suicide than straight (no current UK statistics)

Bullying

45%

(including 64% of trans pupils) are bullied for being LGBT at school.

52%

hear homophobic language ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ at school.

36%

hear biphobic language ‘frequently’ or ‘often’.

46%

hear transphobic language ‘frequently’ or ‘often’.

86%

regularly hear phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school.

9%

trans pupils are subjected to death threats at school.

45%

who are bullied for being LGBT never tell anyone about the bullying.

School experience and response

3%

the number of people who responded to the National LGBT Survey (of those who were in education in 2016-17) who said they had discussed sexual orientation and gender identity in school.

21%

the number of LGBT+ people who responded to the National LGBT Survey (of those who were in education in 2016-17) who said they had been ‘outed’ without their permission.

9%

(same respondents as above) who said they had discussed sexual orientation and gender identity in school.

64%

the number of trans people who responded to the National LGBT Survey (of those who were in education in 2016-17) who said they were not supported by their school.

68%

report that teachers or school staff only ‘sometimes’ or ‘never’ challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language when they hear it.

53%

say that there isn’t an adult at school they can talk to about being LGBT.

The world

70

countries where same-sex relationships are criminalised

11

countries in which same-sex relationships are punishable with the death penalty

approx 3.3 billion

people who live in places where being LGBT+ is illegal