Coming out is a huge and potentially tumultuous event in a LGBTQ+ person’s life, and often takes huge amounts of courage to do.
According to a new study, however, 74% of LGBT people still feel the need to lie about their sexuality or gender identity. This research was conducted by Pride in London, who worked with market research companies Quadrangle and Populus.
They conducted a survey with over 1,000 LGBT people in the UK.
Their findings revealed that 74% of people feel the need lie about their gender identity or sexuality, and 77% said they don’t feel comfortable being their true self in public, compared to 23% in the general population.
They also found that LGBT people are also six times less likely to hold their partner’s hand in public, and five times more likely to have experienced bullying in the work place due to their gender.
Michael Salter-Church, Chair of Pride in London, 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. People in Britain who are LGBT+ still face the need to filter their true selves, and hide affection to their loved ones.”
According to their data, just 2% of the population have been bullied at work due to their gender, compared to 10% of LGBT people included in the survey.
Also, 59% of LGBT people studied said they felt threatened by other people’s attitudes and behaviours towards them, in comparison to 16% in the general population.
Alison Camps, marketing Director of Pride in London, and Deputy Chair at Quadrangle Research, had this to say: “As well as changing laws we need to change hearts and minds. Pride in London gives us an incredible day to celebrate who we are, and give people the confidence to be proud. This is what this year’s campaign #nofilter is all about. We will recognise those people who must live life under a filter, fight for them, and celebrate a day of #nofilter.”