- Just over one-third were not ‘out’ to their GP about their sexual orientation
- People were more willing to be ‘very open’ about their identity with sexual health, mental health or fertility services compared with A&E and other hospital services
- Some people said they would not disclose their sexuality if they did not feel it was relevant
- 11 out of 35 (31%) had experienced anxiety and 13 (37%) had sought help for depression, much higher rates than the general population
- Nobody felt they had been discriminated against by a health professional due to their sexuality, but 17% reported some prejudice, and others felt health professionals showed a lack of knowledge or respect (see box).
LGBT+ people in Reading shed light on how they are treated by local NHS & care services
People who describe themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, have described how health professionals treat them, in a survey by Healthwatch Reading carried out jointly with local LGBT+ charity Support U. The survey was answered by 35 people and found that: