Groundbreaking survey launched for LGBT young people: www.youthchances.org
Lisa Nandy MP is encouraging all her young constituents, aged between 16 and 25 to take part in a survey designed to address the imbalance of service provision and inequalities experienced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) young people countrywide.
This project is the first of its kind. No data of this nature and scale currently exists. Youth Chances will contribute significantly to meeting the challenge of equitable service provision in England and public sector equality duties. Data from a recent Populus poll of more than 1,000 people underlined why this project is so important. It showed that:
- 76% believe young LGBT people face negative reactions when they are open about their identity at school;
- 66% said young LGBT people are likely to suffer discrimination at work;
- 65% have witnessed or are aware of discrimination and abuse against LGBT people;
- 60% believe young LGBT people encounter negative responses from their parents regarding their identity.
Youth Chances is also recruiting commissioners and service providers across the country to commit to making improvements to local services for LGBTQ young people and to help raise the bar on equality. Your help in engaging commissioners or heads of services in your local area would also be greatly appreciated.