According to a new survey that looked at the experiences of LGBTQ lives in Britain, half of LGBTQ people of color have experienced racism and ill-treatment in their local communities. The survey, executed by LGBTQ charity Stonewall and YouGov, also revealed that 32 percent of LGBTQ folks, in general, have experienced some form of discrimination. That number rises to 51 percent concerning people who are Black, Asian, or of another ethnic minority, Broadly reports.
Additionally, over one in four bi women and one in five bi men said they’ve experienced prejudice due to their orientation. As noted by the Human Rights Campaign, studies show that people who identify as bisexual make up about half of the LGBTQ community, though just 28 percent of bisexual people report coming out to those closest to them, sometimes due to biphobia (biphobia, or bi+ erasure, is defined as the “mislabeling bi+ people as lesbian, gay or straight, even when they come out as bi+”). Other respondents expressed how a lack of inclusivity in their communities has led to feelings of alienation.
Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s chief executive, referred to the findings as a “wake-up call,” writing in the report that it is “unacceptable and inexcusable that such discrimination exists in a community so often celebrated—not least by itself—for its diversity and tolerance.”
Read some more of the respondents’ stories below:
“In an LGBT bar, on more than one occasion, drunk people have come over to pet my hair and ask inappropriate questions regarding my race.” — Abebi
“I’m half Indian and gay. Because I don’t look very Indian, as soon as people find out my name is Sanjay, they’ve not been interested. On dating apps, there are also a lot of people who are actively racist on their profiles. People explicitly write ‘no Blacks, no Asians’ on their profiles and actively block people who are of a minority ethnic background … People need to be made aware of the fact that discrimination exists and organizations need to have explicit policies around addressing that discrimination. We also need to see greater representation of BAME [Black, Asian, and ethnic minority] people in both organizations and positions of power so that their views and thoughts are represented in society.” — Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s director of empowerment programs
“Last year at Pride some guy bumped into me by accident and when he realized I was Black, he said ‘ew’ and wiped his arm off in front of me. I don’t go out as often anymore because of this.” — Lara
“Remember that it’s not just white cis abled people who are LGBT+. I am an Arab, ex Muslim, autistic, mentally ill, poor brown girl who is also bi. No LGBT+ supports me or accommodates, I am invisible to you.” — Asha, 21, North West of England