A new report by the Diversity Trust explores the key areas of discrimination and inequality, as well as the positive experiences LGBTQ young people have, of living in the area.

Similar to the national picture, the report highlights the urgent need for further work to support LGBTQ young people in respect of bullying and mental health:

• 74% of LGBTQ young people have experienced name-calling;
• 45% have been harassed, threatened or intimidated;
• 56% have deliberately harmed themselves, known as self-harm;
• 23% have attempted suicide;
• Substance misuse is 2.5 times higher than the general population of young people.

The recommendations include the need for training of professionals in education settings, particularly schools and colleges, to ensure greater awareness and sensitivity of staff towards LGBTQ young people. As we disseminate the findings, we will be exploring how to make sure these considerations are included within Council training programmes and encouraging our partners in other settings to do likewise.

Berkeley Wilde, Director, Diversity Trust said: “This research explored the experiences of LGBTQ young people living in South Gloucestershire, highlighting areas where current policies and practices may be improved. We are particularly keen that issues such as ensuring staff in education receive LGBTQ awareness training to ensure young people are treated with dignity and respect whilst in school and college.”

The engagement and research report was made possible with the generous support of CVS South Gloucestershire, Merlin Housing Society and South Gloucestershire Council.

To read the report click here