GLBTI Statistics

Lesbian and gay related statistics play a very important role in society.

We need them to help improve things in life and make important changes, hopefully for the better. Not every homosexual person is willing to admit to their sexuality, so this makes it hard to obtain completely accurate gay statistics.

However, I have collected up a few different stats from different countries and cities for your interest.

* Gibson,P (1989) “Gay Male and Lesbian Youth Suicide” In M. Feineib(Ed), *Prevention in Youth Suicide* (Report Task Force on Youth Suicide, Vol3,pp 110.44) Washington, D.C.: US Department of Health and Human Services. According to this study, gay and lesbian youth are two to three times more likely to commit suicide than other youths and 30% of all completed youth suicides are related to the issue of sexual identity.

* The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force “National Anti-Gay/Lesbian Victimization Report” concludes from its survey: 45% of gay males and 20% of lesbians surveyed reported having experienced verbal harrassment and or physical violence during high school as a result of their sexual orientation.

* In a survey of lesbians and gay men in Pennsylvania, 33% of gay men and 34% of lesbians reported suffering physical violence at the hands of a family member as a result of their sexual orientation.

* In a psychological study of 484 students at six community colleges conducted by Dr Karen Franklin, 18% of the men interviewed admitted that they had committed physical violence or threats against men and or women they perceived to be gay or lesbian.

* 28% of gay and lesbian high school students in a national study were seen to have dropped out of school because of harrassment resulting from their sexual orientation. (Remafedi. G. Pediatrics. 326-330. 1987)

* 80% of lesbians, gay and bisexual youth reported servere isolation problems. They experienced social isolation, emotional isolation and cognitive isolation. (Hetrick. E.S., Martin.A.D. Journal of Homosexuality 14 (1/2). 25-43. 1987).

* 26% of gays and lesbian youth are forced to leave home because of conflicts with their families over their sexual identities. (Remafedi. G. Pediatrics. 79, 326.30. 1987)

* Approximately 20% of all persons with AIDS are 20-29 years old: given the long latency period between infection and the onset of the disease, many were probably infected as teenagers. (Lehman. M. HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, 5 (1) 1993)

* 53% of students report hearing homophobic comments made by school staff. (Making Schools Safe for Gay and Lesbian Youth: Report of Mass. Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth 1993)

* In a study of depression and gay youth, researchers found depression strikes homosexual youth four to five times more severely than other non-gay peers. (Hammelman. T.L. 1990)

* “Homosexuals are probably the most frequent victims of[hate crimes]” (US Department of Justice 1987).

* In a recent Australian study of 1500 gay and lesbian adolesents, 80% had not told their parents of their same sex attraction. Gay statistic studies over the past 7 years have indicated that 25% to 40% of young lesbians and gays have attempted suicide. (“Here For Life” Youth Sexuality Project)

* On any given night there are approximately 19000 young homeless people in Australia. It is estimated that between 5000 and 6250 of these are same sex attracted. Homelessness was due to a range of factors, including family conflict over sexuality related issues. (“Writing Themselves In” Hillier et al NCHSR 1998)

These are only a few gay statistics and I will endevour to keep adding to them for your interest.

Remember, these gay statistics are just that, ‘statistics’ and this doesn’t mean that your children or loved ones may ever be in any of these groups concerned.

The largest-ever survey of LGBT teens in the U.S. has found that there are tremendous disparities between LGBT and straight young people.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) study, titled Growing Up LGBT in America, polled more than 10,000 youth aged between 13 and 17.

When asked to describe their most important problem, straight teens articulated the usual challenges of grades and college and finances.

On the other hand, LGBT teens’ worries were directly related to their identity as LGBT including non-accepting families and bullying.

Among the report’s key findings:

• Over one-half of LGBT youth (54 percent) say they have been verbally harassed and called names involving anti-gay slurs;

• LGBT youth are about twice as likely as their peers to have been physically assaulted;

• Nearly half of LGBT youth (47 percent) say they do not “fit in” in their community while only 16 percent of non-LGBT youth feel that way;

• 67 percent of straight youth describe themselves as happy but this number drops to 37 percent among LGBT young people;

• 83 percent of LGBT youth believe they will be happy eventually, but only 49 percent believe they can be happy if they stay in the same city or town;

• 92 percent say they hear negative messages about being LGBT – 60 percent say those messages come from elected leaders.

“No one would say that growing up LGBT is easy, but this survey is a stark wake-up call to the daily toll that discrimination takes on vulnerable young people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin.

“We have a responsibility to change that, because we know all too well that there are real life consequences to inaction,” he added,

On a more positive note, the report found that:

• A huge majority (90%) are out to close friends;

• More than half (56%) of LGBT youth say they are out to their immediate family;

• 75% said most of their peers don’t have a problem with their sexuality;

• 77% believe that things will get better.