Table 5

Results—non-comparative survey results for well-being

Source (date)Personal safetyConnecting with friends and social supportOutness
Birmingham LGBT
(Sept 2020)
7% reported experiencing a hate crime since the start of the pandemic
5% of respondents indicated they had experienced domestic abuse from a current or ex-partner or family member since the start of lockdown
60% indicated they had no emotional support
25% reported knowing someone who had died from COVID-19 (7% had lost family member/s, 14% friend/s, 6% relative/s, 3% neighbour/s)
20% were worried about being their authentic self through lockdown
Houghton and Tasker
(Aug 2020)
26% felt either very or extremely uncomfortable where they were living28% in relationships felt very or extremely isolated from their partner(s)
59% felt very or extremely isolated from LGBTQ friends, compared with 46% felt very or extremely isolated from cis or heterosexual friends
19% felt very or completely suffocated due to not being able to express their LGBTQ* identity where they were currently living
Kneale and Becares
(Aug 2020)
(See separate table in online supplemental file)
Lancashire LGBT
(July 2020)
11% concerned about this
8% experienced domestic violence
7% had hate incident
55% concerned about this
60% were not keeping in contact with people from LGBT groups
34% of did not feel able to be open about SOGI in their home/living environment
Live Through This
(Aug 2020)
NR55% worried about not seeing their friends or family
43% concerned about social isolation
9% are not out to anyone in their medical team
LGBT Foundation
(May 2020)
8% do not feel safe where they are currently staying64% said they would rather receive support during COVID-19 from an LGBT-specific organisationNR
LGBT South West, Intercom Trust
(July 2020)
9% did not feel safe where they were currently staying63% listed inability to see friends and family as their top concern at this time
58% would prefer to receive support from an LGBT+-specific organisation
Opening Doors London
(Nov 2020)
NR37% felt more lonely than usual
27% hardly ever or never had someone to talk to during lockdown
18% hardly ever received support from neighbours and local community
Over 20% did not have smart phone, tablet, laptop or access to the internet
  • LGBT+, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex and queer; NR, not reported; SOGI, sexual orientation or gender identity.