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Majority of LGBT people feel the need to hide their sexuality

New research for Pride in London reveals most LGBT+ people are afraid of living a life uncensored.

According to a Populus/Quadrangle poll of more than 1,000, 74% of LGBT+ people have felt the need to lie about their sexuality or gender. 77% also said they feel uncomfortable being their true selves in public.

Lied about sexuality

The poll reveals that people who identify as LGBT+ are five times more likely to be bullied in the work place because of their sexuality.

In fact, 59% of LGBT+ respondents feel threatened by other people’s attitudes and behaviours towards them. Just 16% of straight respondents feel the same.

The chart below shows further striking contrasts between the feelings of the LBGT+ community and straight people.

Personal experiences

This fear of ill-treatment and abuse certainly contributes to a high proportion of the LGBT+ community feeling the need to censor themselves in public.

Gay men in particular feel that they must adjust their behaviour. 42% are reluctant to hold their partners hand in public and 55% think twice before showing affection in public.


Chair of Pride in London, Michael Salter-Church, said:

“Great progress has been made in the name of LGBT+ equality in recent years, but these figures show the striking reason why Pride is still as important as ever. People in Britain who are LGBT+ still face the need to filter their true selves and hide affection to their loved ones. At its heart, Pride in London is a community led movement that recognises the struggles and successes of everyone in our community.”

In 2016, Pride in London’s #nofilter campaign was designed to encourage members of the community to be proud of who they are and live life without compromise and censorship.

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