Our report highlights deep challenges for the LGBT community, with alarming levels of racism experienced by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people, and a significant proportion of trans people, bi people, LGBT disabled people and LGBT people of faith feeling excluded within the LGBT community.
LGBT in Britain - Home and Communities Report also shows persistent challenges for LGBT people feeling comfortable being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity with their friends and family.
- Half of BAME LGBT people (51 per cent) face discrimination within the LGBT community.
- More than a third of trans people (36 per cent), one in eight LGBT disabled people whose activities are ‘limited a lot’ (13 per cent), and one in five LGBT people of non-Christian faith (21 per cent) say they’ve experienced discrimination from within the community because of different parts of their identities.
- Only half of lesbian, gay and bi people (46 per cent) and trans people (47 per cent) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity to their whole family.
- A third of bi people (32 per cent) say they cannot be open about their sexual orientation with anyone in their family.
Our communities, our friends and our family are crucial to all LGBT people being accepted without exception. We need to feel safe, supported and understood by the people around us.
We all have to Come Out For LGBT, and play our part in making our communities accepting places for all LGBT people. We all need to lead the way in tackling exclusion and promoting acceptance in our communities. And that work starts by listening to the experiences of people who have been marginalised and excluded within our communities.
LGBT groups and individuals representing the full diversity of LGBT communities have responded to the research have responded to the research to develop these recommendations with Stonewall.
What you can do
Want more inspiration for how you can lead the way for your community? Watch these videos by filmmaker Cherish Oteka which share the perspectives of LGBT people and their experiences of acceptance and exclusion.