JK Rowling, December 2014
Homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and hate crimes are still major issues across Scotland – and the rest of the UK.
The Scottish LGBT Equality Report, published by the Equality Network in 2015, showed that 97% of LGBT people in Scotland have personally faced prejudice or discrimination, 24% of LGBT people in rural parts of Scotland said that their local area is a ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ place for LGBT people to live and 43% of LGBT people in Scotland have moved, or considered moving, to live in a different area or out of the country altogether because of the discrimination that they have faced, and in order to live somewhere more accepting of LGBT people.
These results are based on 1052 respondents from across Scotland
Stonewall Scotland’s School Report Scotland (2017), which surveyed more than 400 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people aged 11-19 living in Scotland, found that 48% of LGBT young people and 71% of transgender young people have experienced bullying because of who they are
The Hate Crime in Scotland Report (2016/17) found that sexual orientation aggravated crime is the second most common type of hate crime in Scotland with 1,075 sexual orientation charges reported in 2016-17, an increase of 5% on the previous year. Racial crime is the most common hate crime with 3,349 charges reported
One in six LGBT staff in Scotland have experienced negative comments or conduct from colleagues in the last year
Two in five trans employees have experienced negative comments or conduct from customers or clients
A third of bi people aren’t out to anyone at work
Nearly two in five LGBT+ people in a 2017 survey by the TUC have been harassed or discriminated against by a colleague, a quarter by a manager and around one in seven by a client or patient.
Only half of all the respondents reported being ‘out’ to everyone at work. This falls to just over a third of young people. Over a quarter of bisexual people are out to no one.
Almost half of trans people surveyed have experienced bullying or harassment at work compared to just over a third of non-trans respondents.
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