Content Warning: this report has quotes from respondents which some people may find distressing. This includes descriptions of physical and verbal abuse, homophobia / biphobia / transphobia, and bullying.
Key findings from each section of the report can be found below – download the report to find out much more about each area.
There has been a reduction overall in the percentage of participants rating Scotland a good place to be LGBTI over the last 5 years. This was 81% in 2017 and has fallen to 65% in 2022
Just 28% rural-based participants rated their local area as a good place to be LGBTI as compared to 62% of urban-based participants
82% of participants received a supportive or very supportive reaction from the first person they had come out to, an increase from 75% in 2017
The vast majority of participants believe that homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia are a problem, both across Scotland as a whole, and in their local area.
69% of participants believe that transphobia is a big problem in Scotland
Just 17% of young people surveyed reported that they would feel confident reporting a hate crime to the police if they experienced one
Just 56% of participants think that they have enough information about mental health
only 25% of the people who have received formal sex education classes have seen LGBTI topics discussed within them
Only 10% of participants, rated the experience of school for LGBT people as “good”.
70% of gay/lesbian participants report experiencing bullying due to their sexual orientation at school.
Just over half (54%) of participants felt safe to be their authentic self as an LGBTI person at work/in training
Participants are more likely to report leaving home in positive circumstances than they were in 2017 with 87% of cisgender and 72% of transgender participants who have left home reporting that “It was my decision and I left under positive circumstances”.
81% of participants felt that the way that LGBTI people are portrayed in the media is not accurate
94% of participants who are eligible do vote in parliamentary elections
83% of participants felt that their education had been affected by COVID-19 and 69% of participants felt that their connection with their community had been affected.
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Read our press release, including responses from our Chief Executive, Dr Mhairi Crawford and members of our Youth Reference Group. [LINK to press release].
Thanks to everyone who took part in this survey…
The team at LGBT Youth Scotland would like to say a massive thank you to every young person who took time out of their lives to give constructive and thoughtful responses to A LOT of questions. Every word written has been read and helped shape this report, and helps inspire us to do the work we do.