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Gay people still feel the need to lie about their sexuality

INSECURE: 74 per cent of LGBT+ people felt the need to lie about their sexuality or gender identity

THE MAJORITY of gay people in Britain do not feel comfortable revealing their sexuality in public, according to research from Pride in London.

They surveyed more than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender and sexual minorities (LGBT+) people in the UK and found that 74 per cent of people felt the need to lie about their sexuality or gender identity.

The worrying figures show 77 per cent felt uncomfortable being their true self in public – compared to just 23 per cent of the general population.

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.”

According to the research, LGBT people were six times less likely to hold a partner’s hand in public and five times more likely to have been bullied at work.

"While only 5 per cent of people think twice about holding a partner’s hand in public, 30 per cent of LGBT+ respondents were uncomfortable with this, rising to 41 per cent of gay men," the report said.

Pride in London organises celebrations around the city including a parade to be held this weekend. The intention is to give people the confidence to be who they are.

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