National LGBT Survey 2018: Summary Report

A report looking at the results of the Government’s first National LGBT Survey which examines in depth the experiences of LGBTQIA+ people in the UK, including in schools and in further and higher education.

Key findings include:

  • More than two thirds of LGBT respondents said they had avoided holding hands with a same-sex partner for fear of a negative reaction from others

  • At least 2 in 5 respondents had experienced an incident because they were LGBT, such as verbal harassment or physical violence, in the 12 months preceding the survey. However, more than 9 in 10 of the most serious incidents went unreported, often because respondents thought ‘it happens all the time’

  • 2% of respondents had undergone conversion or reparative therapy in an attempt to ‘cure’ them of being LGBT, and a further 5% had been offered it

  • 24% of respondents had accessed mental health services in the 12 months preceding the survey.