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Ruth Pearce @NotRightRuth
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The @WomenEqualities LGBT survey results are published today, makes for fascinating reading. Easily the largest survey of LGBT people undertaken in the UK.

Consequently it's also produced groundbreaking datasets on trans, asexual and intersex experience. gov.uk/government/pub…
Currently having an initial read of the summary report and reflecting on the reported findings. assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/upl…
13% of respondents were trans - that amounts to approximately 14,000 people, without a doubt the largest trans dataset ever produced in the UK. Compares to approximately 1000 from Stonewall report and Trans Mental Health Study 2012.
Just over *half* of the trans respondents were non-binary. I've seen speculation that this figure could be boosted by anti-trans activists attempting to hijack the survey, but honestly when we're talking about ~7500 people I suspect the vast majority of these are actually trans.
The survey tells us a lot of stuff we already "know" about LGBT experience but didn't previously have hard evidence on. For instance:

- low rates of life satistifaction
- fear of being open in public spaces
- worse for bisexual people, worse again for trans people
Interested in #asexual responses. Asexual (+ pansexual) people had very low life average satisfaction ratings (5.9/10 compared to 6.9 for lesbians/gays).

89% of cis asexuals avoid being open about orientation (compared to 70% LGBT av)

Asexual people do not have it "easy".
Trans men especially likely to be subject to conversion therapy. 9% reported being offered it, and 4% had undergone it.

(compares to 5% of LGBT total offered, and 2% - over 2000 people - who have undergone it)
Figures on transitioning confirm that trans men and non-binary people tend to transition younger than trans women.

This needs to be brought up *every time* people invoke moral panic about high proportion of transmasc people who are seeking medical transition.
Trans men transitioning younger has, of course, been apparent once again in other data for years (e.g. GIC stats).

Still, interesting to see stats: 84% of trans men start transition by 24, compared to 44% of trans women.
What these stats also show of course is that the average age of transition has dropped enormously. Even a decade ago trans people were especially likely to transition in late middle age. Now we're seeing majority beginning transition by early 20s!
More hard evidence of the mental health crisis for LGBT people. 24% had accessed mental health services in 12 months preceding survey.

(higher for trans, again! 30% trans women, 40% trans men, 37% non-binary - plus, 29% cis bisexual)
Some good news about sexual health services - 74% of LGBT respondents said they had been easy or very easy to access. 87% reported a positive experience. I suspect much of this is down to the long, hard work of sexual health activists in wake of AIDS epidemic.
Oh my, the bit on gender clinics.
"Of the 2,900 respondents who discussed gender transition and gender
identity services [...] a picture was painted of hard-to-access services, a lack of knowledge among GPs about what services are available and how to access them, and the serious consequences of having to wait."
80% of people who attempted to access gender identity services said it had not been easy. Main issue was waiting lists, and 33% said services were not close enough to them.
Unfortunately, I think there was a missed opportunity here for collecting some basic data on (for instance) rates of self-medication, satisfaction by GIC (as opposed to UK region) etc. The questions very much feel formulated by cis researchers. And of course, very focused on GRA.
...and again, trans people less likely to have a job than cis LGBT people! (65% trans women in preceding 12 months and 57% of trans men, compared to 80% of total LGBT population.

Of those LGBT people *with* a job, 19% had not been open about identity with any colleagues.
*Very* interesting to have data on intersex - it's high time intersex experiences were recognised.

Intersex people were more likely than LGBT population to say their GP was not supportive. 25% attempted to access mental health services in preceding 12 months.
"Key intersex themes [from qual data] included medical records concerning medical interventions at a young age (e.g. ‘cosmetic’ surgery to amend ambiguous genitalia) being withheld from intersex people and a lack of advice and information about what to do when you are diagnosed"
So - interesting stuff! But we also really need to talk about the limitations of this data, too.
This morning I've been discussing this with @mixosaurus - we note distinct lack of intersectional analysis of the LGBT study. We recognise this is a very initial report and more will follow, but it's disappointing there has been no real contextualisation.

An example of why this is (very) important can be seen in the data on trans men vs trans women's experiences. Trans men consistently have higher average of negative experiences. But! 73% of trans men respondents were under 24, and younger trans people face more severe challenges.
Only 5% of trans respondents aged under 25 said they felt "very comfortable" being LGBT in the UK - those rose to 15% of those aged 55-64 and 31% of those aged 65+.

So, younger trans people are having a harder time. *And* trans men are overrepresented in youth sample.
Kat Gupta also pulls out the data on younger trans men here - really pronounced in 18-24 bracket (48% of trans men respondents!)
With the age skew so pronounced, without controlling for age we can't actually know what these survey results really tell us about the differing experiences of trans men, women and non-binary people in the UK.
So: controlling for factors such as age, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic class (although I can't remember if there was a question on this) has to be a priority for secondary analyses of this rich data set.
Woah, @mixosaurus just dug up the relationship statistics (Annex 3, Q.10 - gov.uk/government/pub…).

About half of trans people are single. If living with partners, less likely to be married than not.
Ethnicity data clearly shows white respondents overrepresented (especially given high proportion of respondents skew younger and/or are from London). @mixosaurus and I were surprised though that there is a (very slight, but notably) more diverse trans than cis sample.
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