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area of residence
ethnic identity
gender identity
sexual identity
openness about sexual identity
registration of civil partnerships
concerns about ageing

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area of residence

Responses came in from different parts of Scotland, but there was an emphasis on the central belt and cities in particular. 59% of respondents came from urban areas and 40% from rural areas. In this instance we included areas like Motherwell and Airdrie in rural and restricted urban to cities only.

Table 1: Postcode (pdf 21 kb)

ethnic identity

The most common terms used to describe ethnic identity were white (38%, 329 respondents) and Scottish (21%, 182 respondents), with many variations on this theme. There were very few responses from minority ethnic communities.

Table 2: Ethnic Identity (pdf 14 kb)


Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65%, 601 respondents) were aged 25 – 49. One-fifth (21%, 195 respondents) were aged 24 or less (primarily 19 – 24s) and 9% (82 respondents) were aged 50 plus. 46 respondents declined to answer this question.

Table 3: Age (pdf 13 kb)


Just 9% of respondents (75 respondents) who gave a response stated that they identified as disabled. 53 respondents did not answer this question.

Table 4: Disabled (pdf 13 kb)

gender identity

60% of respondents stated their gender identity to be male (558 respondents) and 35% (326 respondents) as female. Forty (4%) other responses were given, the main ones of which were transgender (15 respondents), gay (3 respondents) and no gender (3 responses).

Table 5: Gender Identity (pdf 19 kb)

Other responses were as follows:

  • Transgender (10)
  • Missing (8)
  • Gay (3)
  • No gender (3)
  • Crossdresser
  • F-M transsexual
  • F to M transgender man
  • F/M
  • Female/Male
  • Inbetweeny
  • Intersexed
  • Male to female transsexual
  • Transsexual M + F
  • Transgender (intersex)
  • Transgender (post op)
  • Transgender F T M
  • Transgendered M/F
  • Transman

    sexual identity

    Respondents were then asked to state their sexual identity. The most common answer was gay (66%, 603 respondents), followed by lesbian (16%, 151 respondents) and bisexual (12%, 109 respondents). Just over one-third of the female respondents (113 respondents) gave their sexual identity as gay. Ten respondents stated that they were straight/ heterosexual.

    Table 6: Sexual Identity (pdf 14 kb)

    Other responses were:

  • Fluid
  • Homosexless (celibate)
  • Influx
  • Lesbian/open minded
  • Man who sleeps with Men
  • Non-heterosexual
  • Open
  • Prefer women
  • Straight man that sleeps with guys
  • Transsexual
  • Transgender (male to female) bisexual woman
  • ♀♀
  • Undecided/various?

    openness about sexual identity

    Respondents were then asked whether they were out/open about their sexual identity with a range of different types of people. Not surprisingly, people were most open with their friends (95%, 866 respondents) and family (80%, 726 respondents), followed by work colleagues (76%, 603 respondents) and employers (68%, 521 respondents). The middle age group of 25 – 49 were more likely to be open with their family than either the younger or older age groups. This was also the case for employers and work colleagues. Those in urban areas were also more likely to be open about their sexual identity with family than those in rural areas. Openness was consistently higher for those living in urban areas compared to rural areas, with the exception of friends – this was high across the board. The figures below exclude those who did not respond and those who did not think the question was applicable to them.

    Table 7: Openness about sexual identity (pdf 16 kb)

    Comments made centred around the lack of need for contacts such as banks and MPs to know about the respondent’s sexuality or the issue of sexuality has never arisen. However, there were a number of comments about fear of prejudice in terms of health or financial issues, and some people (family, work colleagues and employers) not being very understanding/tolerant.

    Comments: Openness about sexual identity (pdf 15 kb)


    One in five respondents stated that they or their partner had children (20%, 184 respondents). Female respondents were more likely to state that they/their partners had children (31%, 101 respondents) than male respondents (13%, 75 respondents) as were rural residents (26%, 97 respondents) in comparison to urban dwellers (16%, 86 respondents).

    Table 8: Do you or your partner have children (pdf 13 kb)

    Just over one third of these (37%, 64 respondents) stated that the children lived with them, whilst 48% (83 respondents) did not. Children sometimes live with 15% (26 respondents) of respondents. Female respondents were much more likely to state that their children lived with them (51%, 49 respondents) than males (20%, 14 respondents). Ten respondents who stated that they had children did not answer this question.

    Table 9: If yes, do your children live with you? (pdf 13 kb)

    The majority of children were as a result of heterosexual relationships (85%, 152 respondents). Nine percent (16 respondents) stated that they were a result of self- insemination and 1% (2 respondents) by donor insemination (clinic). A number of other comments were made on children and a selection of these are listed for information.

    Comments: Children and Parenting (pdf 16 kb)

    Respondents were asked to state the circumstances for them becoming parents. 85% (152 respondents) stated that their children are from an heterosexual relationship, whilst 9% (16 respondents) had becomes parents through self-insemination.

    Table 10: Are your children from...? (pdf 14 kb)

    Other responses were:

  • from a gay/bi relationship partner gay me Bi so not Heterosexual. you need more boxes or a box giving the option of other...
  • I was living as a boy and had a relationship with a girl who gave birth to our child
  • It's my partners child, has nothing to do with him
  • Legal agreement with partner at birth of child.
  • none of the above. gay man + straight woman with baby parenting group
  • Not my children
  • Partner is a married man. Kids live with him. We do not live together
  • Partners kids are my step kids

    Those who do not have children were asked if they planned to bring up a child/children in future and 17% (123 respondents) stated that they did. Half said that they did not (51%, 361 respondents) and nearly one-third were unsure (31%, 218 respondents). As might be expected, younger respondents were more likely to state that they would than older respondents.

    Table 11: Raising children (pdf 14 kb)

    registration of civil partnerships

    Nearly half of respondents (49%, 425 respondents) stated that they would register their partnership if civil partnerships were possible. Only 10% (83 respondents) stated that they would not, with the remainder answering that they were unsure (23%, 196 respondents) or it was not applicable (19%, 160 respondents). Taking those responding not applicable out of the equation increases those saying that they would register their partnership to 60%.

    Female respondents were more likely to say that they would like to register a civil partnership than males, as were the under 24s.

    Table 12: Partnerships (pdf 14 kb)

    concerns about ageing

    Nearly half of the sample expressed concerns about ageing (45%, 395 respondents). This increased as the age of the respondent increased.

    Table 13: Ageing (pdf 13 kb)

    The key concerns were of being alone, isolated or lonely (22%, 82 respondents) and having poor health (20%, 76 respondents). However, loss of looks, not having LGBT friendly care services and financial worries were also present.

    Table 14: Concerns about ageing (pdf 14 kb)

    Other comments included the following:

  • Aids and HIV
  • Don't want to be an old queen
  • Fear of attack
  • I'm starting to feel a bit old on the scene, and haven't found many fun alternatives
  • I want to be young forever! Life ends at 40 - if not 35
  • Lack of facilities for older gays, scene focussed on young but we have only ourselves to blame as we go on to date younger men instead of sticking to our own age group I have incidentally not fallen into this trap and am quite balanced at being 38 and single
  • Same as anyone else’s!
  • Still being able to cut it on the dancefloor
  • That I will become a boring old fart who takes great pleasure in watching opera and moaning about the disco bunnies.
  • That I will lose my housing That I will be cold That my partner will become ill and I will not be able to care for her
  • What happens to geriatric lesbians is a serious concern to me

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    Executive Summary

    Introduction to first out

    Community - key findings

    Information - key findings

    Consultation and Research - key findings

    Safety - key findings

    Barriers to Healthcare - key findings


    Conclusions and Recommendations

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