LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)

Surveying the needs of LGBT young people

According to the 2001 census, Royal Greenwich has an estimated LGBT population of 12,864 people and 528 same-sex households. The University of Greenwich, the Metro Centre and Ergo Consulting have jointly won funding for research into the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people.

The results will be shared widely with decision-makers and organisations which provide services to young people in England including:

  • local authorities
  • health services
  • the voluntary and charitable sector.

An award of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund Research Programme is being used to fund a national survey across England of 15,000 LGBT young people aged 16 to 24.

The young people will be asked questions about health, housing, education, employment, sexuality and discrimination.

The project is called National Youth Chances (NYC) and started on Thursday 1 July 2012.

The research will be carried out by:

  • the University of Greenwich
  • Ergo Consulting, which provides strategic consultancy on major projects
  • the Metro Centre, an organisation that continues to lead the way on LGBT issues in the UK which is based in Royal Greenwich.

The project will be carried out over five years so change can be measured over a period of time.