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main issues facing LGBT people today
interest in having a say
LGBT survey areas

main issues facing LGBT people today

The main issue facing LGBT people today was seen to be partnership rights to achieve equality with heterosexual partnerships (30%, 221 respondents). Bigotry and discrimination was also highly mentioned (22%, 158 respondents), along with equal rights in general (15%, 107 respondents) and acceptance/acceptability (16%, 114 respondents).

Table 30: LGBT issues (pdf 15 kb)

interest in having a say

Over half of the respondents (61%, 521 respondents) were interested in having a say in these issues. 13% (108 respondents) were not and 27% (229 respondents) were unsure. Females (65%, 196 respondents) and those aged under 24 (71%, 130 respondents) were more likely than others to say that they would like to have a say.

Table 31: Having a say (pdf 13 kb)

The proportion of respondents who vote in general, Scottish and local elections was much higher than the national average at 83%, 71% and 71% respectively. Voting was lower amongst the under 24s (by around 20% in each instance).

Table 32: Voting (pdf 13 kb)

The main reasons given for not voting were too young (22%, 23 respondents) and mistrust of politicians (14%, 19 respondents).

Table 33: Reasons for not voting (pdf 14 kb)

LGBT survey areas

Respondents were then asked if there were any particular areas or subjects they had been surveyed on regularly as an LGBT person, e.g. homophobic crime, gay men’s sexual health, recreational drug use. One in five (20%, 178 respondents) stated that this was the case. Male respondents were much more likely to say yes (26%, 146 respondents) than female respondents (8%, 26 respondents), as were those living in urban areas (24%, 128 respondents) compared to those in more rural areas (13%, 50 respondents).

Table 34: Research areas (pdf 13 kb)

The main issues which they had been surveyed on were sexual health (33%, 57 respondents), gay men’s sexual health specifically (22%, 38 respondents), homophobic crime (15%, 26 respondents) and drug use (13%, 22 respondents).

Table 35: Research already covered (pdf 14 kb)

Half of respondents (50%, 86 respondents) felt that they did not know whether that research was being used effectively. A third (34%, 59 respondents) thought that it was, whilst 28 respondents (16%) did not think it was.

A total of 128 respondents (15%) stated that they had or intended to conduct research into LGBT issues, either as an individual or as part of an organisation. A number of these were part of formal education submissions, i.e. essays or theses.

62% (538 respondents) stated that there were specific areas/subjects relevant to LGBT people which should be researched. The top three given were bullying at workplace or school (42%, 222 respondents), discrimination (39%, 204 respondents) and LGBT funding (17%, 91 respondents

Table 36: Future research (pdf 14 kb)

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Executive Summary

Introduction to first out

Profile of Respondents - key findings

Community - key findings

Information - key findings

Safety - key findings

Barriers to Healthcare - key findings

Comments

Conclusions and Recommendations


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