Survey shows LGBTQ youth at risk from discrimination

Graham Robson May 22, 2013

METROResearch conducted by Metro, the equality and diversity charity, has shown that young LGBTQ people in England still experience discrimination, abuse and hate crimes.

Metro’s Youth Chances survey, which was based on responses from 9,020 LGBTQ people aged between 16-25, showed that 72% experienced homophobic name calling or other verbal abuse, 22% experienced physical assault, 42% experienced threats and intimidation and 43% harrassment.

Dr Greg Ussher, METRO Deputy CEO, said:

“As we mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, these findings are sobering. There have been major steps forward in LGBT equality and in understanding the needs of young people, but as our findings show we still have a long way to go to eliminating discrimination and ensuring that sexuality and gender identity are not barriers to young people’s happiness and wellbeing.

“It is of grave concern to me that our young people face such violence and fear because of who they are. Our work with young people in schools and youth groups confirms these findings and how important it is to ensure young people are supported and that homophobic bullying is addressed. We are committed to ensuring that Youth Chances results in real change to young people’s lives and we are working with commissioners and providers to this end.”

Further reports on findings from Youth Chances will be published later in the year with a further survey being undertaken in 2014.

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