a diverse collection of like-minded people (44%)
More worryingly, 13% (121 respondents) felt this meant exclusive not inclusive, 9% (82 respondents) felt that it meant ghetto and 4% (38 respondents) a threatening place.
Table 17: What does LGBT community mean (pdf 14 kb)
Other comments were both positive and negative.
Comments about LGBT community (pdf 23 kb)
feeling part of the LGBT community
45% of respondents (406 respondents) stated that they did feel part of the LGBT community. 29% (265 respondents) did not and 21% (190 respondents) were unsure. A further 5% restated their view that there was not an LGBT community. Those in rural areas and those aged 25 – 49 were less likely to feel that they were part of the LGBT community than others.
Table 18: Do you feel part of the LGBT community (pdf 14 kb)
involvement in LGBT groups
Around one-third of respondents (35%, 323 respondents) stated that they were involved in LGBT groups.
Table 19: LGBT groups (pdf 13 kb)
Those involved in groups gave a number of reasons for their involvement. The most commonly-cited one was to support/help others/give something back (28%, 79 respondents), followed by to make friends/meet people (23%, 64 respondents).
Table 20: Reasons for involvement (pdf 14 kb)
One in five (22%, 75 respondents) of those not involved stated that they had no groups in the area and 20% (69 respondents) felt that they were too cliquey. 16% (55 respondents) stated that they did not associate with the kind of people involved in LGBT groups and 14% (50 respondents) considered it inappropriate to join a group on the basis of sexuality.
Table 21: Reasons for non-involvement (pdf 14 kb)
Two in five (40%, 232 respondents) of those who are not currently involved in LGBT groups expressed an interest in becoming involved. A quarter (23%, 134 respondents) did not, however, and a further third (37%, 211 respondents) were unsure.
Table 22: Future involvement in LGBT community (pdf14 kb)
involvement in other aspects of the community
31% (274 respondents) of respondents stated that they would consider becoming involved in the local community in other ways, e.g. standing in local council elections, local campaigns, etc. However, 41% (367 respondents) would not and 28% (252 respondents) were unsure.
Table 23: Future involvement in wider community (pdf 14 kb)
Other ways in which respondents would like to become involved included:
Table 24: Ways to get involved (pdf 14 kb)
3.7 experience of discrimination or harassment within the LGBT community
Over a quarter of respondents (28%, 227 respondents) stated that they had experienced discrimination or harassment within the LGBT community because of their age, gender identity, ethnic or cultural identity or because they had a disability. Over half (64%, 531 respondents) stated that this was not the case.
Table 25: Harassment within LGBT community (pdf 14 kb)
Those who had experienced discrimination or harassment put this down to a number of factors, of which the top three were: age (28%, 60 respondents), sexual identity (21%, 44 respondents) and not fitting the stereotypes (11%, 24 respondents).
Table 26: Nature of harassment (pdf 14 kb)
Comments about harassment (pdf 16 kb)
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