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Majority of LGBT people still ‘too scared to come out’

Joe Williams June 23, 2016

Most members of the LGBT community feel the need to lie about their gender or sexual identity, a new poll suggests.

A poll of more than 1,000 LGBT people – commissioned by Pride in London – asked members of the community how they felt about discussing their private lives in public.

A massive 74% said they still felt the need to hide their sexual orientation or gender identity.

A further 59% of respondents said they felt threatened by other people’s attitudes and behaviours towards them.

Other findings showed that 41% of gay men also said they would think twice about holding a partner’s hand in public.

The charity – which organises London’s annual gay pride event – also commissioned a second survey among the general population, which they say showed a “striking difference” compared with LGBT people.

For example were more likely to experience workplace bullying as a result of their gender.

In addition, only 16% of the wider population said they felt threatened by other people’s attitudes and just 5% said they worried about holding their partners hand in public.

The survey also found that while 77% of LGBT respondents had revealed their sexuality to friends, only 50% had come out to all of their colleagues.

Chair of Pride in London, Michael Salter-Church, said: “Great progress has been made in the name of LGBT+ equality in recent years, but these figures show the striking reason why Pride is still as important as ever”.

The latest figures show that homophobic attacks all also saw a rise between 2014 and 2015.

The results also showed that the number of homophobic incidents recorded was nearly double those of Islamophobic crimes, and three times the number of anti-Semitic crimes.

The Met data showed that 1,667 homophobic offences took place in the 12 months to July 2015 – up from 1,289 in the 12 months to July 2014.

More: Crime, LGBT, London, Pride in London

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