08 June 2021

Trust LGBTQ Network Lead Fiona Lord writes: 

Pride is about belonging visibility and celebration. Pride was originally a protest march after the New York Stonewall Inn riots in 1969 - today it is about speaking up and being PROUD of who we are. PRIDE promotes equality self-affirmation and belonging but overall it is about LGBTQ rights -  the lack of which has led to LGBTQ Health Inequalities.  

LGBTQ Individuals often have multiple identities, which they experience in an integrated and holistic way, although they may choose to emphasise and disclose these identities in different settings and in different ways.  

LGBTQ people often experience marginalisation and discrimination when accessing services and have been more impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. Some of these health inequalities are increased homelessness, sexual violence, domestic abuse, and higher instances of mental health issues and drug and alcohol dependency.  

People experience rejection, prejudice, and intolerance which exacerbates health inequalities. These inequalities across a lifespan lead to significantly worse health outcomes and limit the ability to live longer healthier lives.

These are not random incidents but are determined and outside the control of individuals. 

No LGBTQ person should have to experience these multiple barriers to access healthcare. LGBTQ people need a future focus and be supported to achieve their dreams.  

Here are 10 key statistics taken from the LGBTQ Foundations Hidden Figures Report 

  1. In 2017, 21% LGBT people reported that they had experienced a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime in the previous 12 months, with this rising to 41% for trans people. 
  2. 23% of LGBT people have at one time witnessed anti-LGBT remarks by healthcare staff.  
  3. In 2017, 1 in 6 LGBT people reported drinking almost every day in the last year, this compares to 1 in 10 adults in the general population who report drinking alcohol on five or more days per week. 
  4. 45% of trans young people (aged 11-19) and 22% of cis LGB young people have tried to take their own life. Among the general population the NHS estimates this figure to be 13% for girls and 5% for boys aged 16-24. 
  5. 24% of homeless people aged 16-24 are LGBT and 69% of these people believe parental rejection was a main factor in becoming homeless.  
  6. 42.8% of LBT women said that they had experienced sexual violence compared to an estimated 20% of all women in the UK. 
  7. 55% of gay, bisexual and trans men were not active enough to maintain good health, compared to 33% of men in the general population. 
  8. In 2017, 52% of LGBT people reported experiencing depression in the previous year. This includes 67% of trans people and 70% of non-binary people. 
  9. In 2017, 40% of trans people who had accessed or tried to access public healthcare services reported having experienced at least one negative experience because of their gender identity in the previous 12 months. 
  10. 93% of LGBT specialists and service users consider that more work needs to be done to improve end of life services for LGBT people.

Useful link and information 

Hidden Figures: LGBT Inequalities in the UK 

Health & Care LGBTQ+ Network Leaders Network - NHS Confederation