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Where we are now

Where we are now (2014) presents the findings of the biggest survey of its kind ever conducted in Wales on lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s experiences and expectations of discrimination across a range of areas including public life, family and education, work, public services and sport.

Where we are now

Key Findings

Public Life

  • If they wanted to stand for election as an openly lesbian, gay or bisexual candidate, seven in ten (71 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual people believe that they would face barriers to selection as a Conservative Party candidate, 37 per cent believe they would face barriers from Plaid Cymru, a third (33 per cent) from the Labour Party and three in ten (30 per cent) from the Liberal Democrat.
  • More than three quarters (77 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual people believe that lesbian, gay and bisexual politicians are subject to a greater level of scrutiny (by the media, for example) than heterosexual politicians.

Family

  • More than three quarters (77 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual people believe that society’s attitudes towards same-sex parents would be a barrier to becoming a parent.
  • More than seven in ten (72 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual people expect that they would face barriers to selection as a foster carer if they were open about their sexual orientation.
  • Two thirds (66 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual people would expect to face barriers to selection as a school governor as an openly lesbian, gay or bisexual candidate.

Work

  • One in six (17 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual people have experienced bullying at work because of their sexual orientation in the last five years. One per cent experienced physical bullying.
  • One in six (17 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual employees are not open to their colleagues about their sexual orientation.

Public Services

  • Just one in ten (9 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual people have ever been asked by public bodies for their views on their local services as a lesbian, gay or bisexual person.
  • More than eight in ten (82 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual people say that, if they were asked, they would take the opportunity to feed their views and experiences to local services.

Sport

  • Almost one in five (18 per cent) lesbian, gay and bisexual people have not taken part in any sport in the past twelve months.
  • More than half (55 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual people would be more likely to consider joining a sports team if they knew it was LGB-friendly.