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Why We Need Pride


Why Pride Matters: Highlighting the Need for LGBTQIA+ Acceptance

Here are some key statistics illustrating the challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in the UK:

General Statistics:

  • In 2018, 75% of LGBTQIA+ individuals felt unable to show affection to their partners in public.

  • Over 1 in 3 LGBTQIA+ people don't feel comfortable holding hands in public, rising to 3 in 5 for gay men.

  • 20% of trans people have faced pressure to suppress their gender identity.

  • Only 50% of LGBTQIA+ individuals can openly discuss their sexual orientation or gender identity with their families.

  • Nearly 1 in 5 LGBTQIA+ people have experienced homelessness, with 25% being trans individuals.

  • In 2019, 59% of trans women and 56% of trans men avoided expressing their gender identity due to fear of negative reactions, rising to 76% for non-binary individuals.

  • 70 countries worldwide criminalise same-sex relationships, with 11 allowing the death penalty.

  • Many governments deny trans people the right to legally change their name and gender.

  • 25% of the global population believes being LGBTQIA+ should be a crime.

  • 10% of LGBTQIA+ individuals experienced discrimination while seeking housing, and 17% faced discrimination in social settings.

  • 24% of LGBTQIA+ people from black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds faced discrimination in social services.

Health Services:

  • 70% of trans people report experiencing transphobia when accessing general health services.

  • Nearly 1 in 4 LGBTQIA+ individuals witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks from healthcare staff.

  • Trans people of colour experienced transphobia from trans-specific healthcare providers at double the rate of white respondents (13% vs. 6%).

Domestic Abuse:

  • 11% of LGBTQIA+ individuals faced domestic abuse in the last year, rising to 17% for black, Asian, and minority ethnic LGBTQIA+ people.

  • Over a quarter of trans individuals in relationships experienced domestic abuse.

  • The Albert Kennedy Trust found that 69% of young LGBTQIA+ homeless people were rejected by their families and suffered abuse within their families.

  • In 2018, bisexual women were nearly twice as likely to experience partner abuse compared to heterosexual women (10.9% vs. 6.0%).

Discrimination within the LGBTQIA+ Community:

  • 51% of black, Asian, and minority ethnic LGBTQIA+ individuals experienced discrimination in their local LGBTQIA+ community due to their ethnicity, rising to 61% for black LGBTQIA+ people.

  • 36% of trans individuals experienced discrimination in their local LGBTQIA+ community due to being trans.

  • 26% of LGBTQIA+ disabled individuals faced discrimination in their local LGBTQIA+ community due to their disability.

The Workplace:

  • 18% of LGBTQIA+ employees experienced negative comments or conduct from colleagues because of their LGBTQIA+ identity.

  • 12% of transgender individuals faced physical abuse at work due to their identity.

  • 18% of LGBTQIA+ job seekers reported discrimination during the hiring process.

  • 10% of black, Asian, and minority ethnic LGBTQIA+ employees were physically attacked at work, compared to 3% of white LGBTQIA+ staff.

  • 12% of black, Asian, and minority ethnic LGBTQIA+ employees lost their jobs in the last year because of their LGBTQIA+ identity.

  • Over a third of LGBTQIA+ employees hid their sexual identity at work due to discrimination.


  • Over a quarter of LGBTQIA+ students reported exclusion due to their identity.

  • More than a third of trans university students experienced negative comments or behaviour from staff.

  • LGBTQIA+ pupils feel less safe at school, with only 58% feeling safe daily, compared to 73% of non-LGBTQIA+ pupils.

  • LGBTQIA+ pupils are three times more likely to experience sexual harassment at school.

Abuse and Hate Crimes:

  • Hate crimes based on sexual orientation increased from 9% in 2013 to 16% in 2017.

  • 41% of trans individuals and 31% of non-binary individuals experienced hate crimes due to their gender identity in 2018.

  • 20% of LGBTQIA+ individuals experienced a hate crime or incident in the last 12 months (40% for trans people), with 81% not reporting it to the police.

  • 64% of LGBTQIA+ people faced anti-LGBTQIA+ violence or abuse, with severe physical, psychological, and financial consequences.

  • 10% of LGBTQIA+ people experienced online homophobic, biphobic, or transphobic abuse.

Issues with Reporting Hate Crimes/The Police:

  • Only 46% of LGBTQIA+ individuals were satisfied with the police response to anti-LGBTQIA+ crimes.

  • 79% of trans victims do not report hate crimes due to disillusionment with police negligence and fear of further discrimination.

  • 28% didn't report hate crimes due to dislike or fear of the police.

  • 38% chose not to report hate crimes because they occurred too frequently.


  • LGBTQIA+ students face double the bullying rate compared to non-LGBTQIA+ peers in 2021.

  • 48% of pupils lacked positive LGBTQIA+ messaging at school.

  • Positive messaging reduced suicidal thoughts and feelings for all pupils.

  • LGBTQIA+ pupils are three times more likely to experience sexual harassment at school.

  • 31% of LGBTQIA+ primary and secondary staff face barriers to LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

  • Almost 1 in 10 LGBTQIA+ children faced discrimination from teachers.

  • Only 40% of LGBTQIA+ staff are out to their pupils.

  • 74% of LGBTQIA+ pupils without positive messaging contemplated suicide.

Young People:

  • 25% of LGBTQIA++ young people face daily tension at home.

  • LGBTQIA++ youth are less close to their families and feel less understood.

  • They are more likely to self-harm, experience drug/alcohol dependence, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.

  • 45% of young trans people received death threats at school.

Faith and Worship:

  • 32% of LGBTQIA+ people of faith and 25% of trans people of faith are not open about their identity in their faith communities.

  • 28% experienced discrimination when visiting faith services or places of worship.


  • 70% of football fans witnessed homophobia at matches.

  • 49% of LGBTQIA+ people witnessed homophobia or transphobia in sports.

  • 12% avoid gyms or sports groups due to fear of discrimination.

  • 10% of attendees at live sporting events faced discrimination due to their identity.

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