British LGBT+ people still feel like they have to lie about their sexuality
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74% of British LGBT+ people feel like they have to lie about their sexuality or gender identity, according to a survey. On top of this, 59% have felt threatened by other people’s attitudes and behaviours towards them. This is compared to just 16% of the wider population. The survey, of over 1,000 LGBT+ people, was carried out ahead of Pride in London. While just 23% of the general population feels uncomfortable being their “true self” in public, three times that amount of LGBT+ people feel the same way. Only 5% of the general population think twice before holding their partner’s hand in public, but 30% of LGBT+ respondents were uncomfortable with this open gesture of affection. Michael Salter-Church, the Chair of Pride in London said of the survey, “People in Britain who are LGBT+ still face the need to filter their true selves, and hide affection to their loved ones.” Salter-Church added: “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.” Pride in London, which took place this weekend, is one of the city’s biggest one-day events, with as many as 1 million people turning out annually to support the UK’s LGBT+ community. This year’s campaign for the event was #nofilter, encouraging LGBT+ people to no longer feel pressured to self-censor or hide who they are. The Marketing Director of Pride in London, Alison Camps, sad ahead of the event: “We will recognise those people who must live life under a filter, fight for them and celebrate a day of #nofilter”.
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