One in five LGBT people victim of hate crime

One in five LGBT people in Great Britain (21 per cent) has been the victim of a hate crime due to their sexual orientation over the past 12 months.

This is one of the findings of an online questionnaire administered by YouGov on behalf of LGBT rights group Stonewall.

The questionnaire was completed by 5,375 LGBT people between February and April this year.

Of the individuals taking part 53 per cent came from England, 24 per cent from Wales and 23 per cent from Scotland.

Fifty-eight per cent of respondents described themselves as gay or lesbian, 30 per cent were bi, 9 per cent used a different term to describe their sexual orientation and 2 per cent were straight.

Four in five LGBT people (81 per cent) who experienced a hate crime or incident didn’t report it to the police.

A third of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT people (34 per cent) have experienced a hate crime or incident based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last year, compared to one in five white LGBT people (20 per cent).


Twenty-six per cent of LGB (who are not Trans) admitted to avoiding certain streets because they didn’t feel safe because of their sexual orientation.

For trans people that figure rises to 44 per cent.