Our Equality in Fife statistical report is designed to assist organisations, individuals and groups of all sectors in their commitment to the Equality Act 2010 and more importantly their responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010.

Click the link below to download our JULY 2019 report:
EQUALITY IN FIFE – JULY 2019 3b

As part of the report, we have produced a series of fact sheets covering some interesting facts about each of the protected characteristics.


EQ FACTSHEET 3 – GENDER REASSIGNMENT SEXUAL ORIENTATION

Did you know? – Demographics

Improvedestimates say that we can expect around 4091 males and 2975 females to be gender variant in Fife, but it is important to note that this does not imply the same prevalence for the number of people deciding to transition.Estimates are for between 17-34 trans people are likely to live ina council area of Fife’s size and population.

The SSCQ 2017 reporting 94.5% people who are heterosexual and 2.4% LGB & other nationally. In Fife, this was 94.6% and 2.5% (a marked +0.7% increase from 1.6% in the previous year), giving an approximate number of 7650. More likely estimates however indicate 5%~7% of the population are likely to be LGB & other.

Did you know? – Employment and Pay Gaps

The same report indicates similar barriers in employment, with one in eight trans employees (12%) describing having been physically attacked by colleagues or customers in the previous year. Half of trans and non-binary people (51% and 50%) also report having hidden or disguised the fact that they are LGBT at work because they were afraid of discrimination.

There is no detailed local area data on sexual orientation and employment at this time. However, at national level, there has been a marked increase in people who identify as LGB and other who are in employment from 2.4% to 4.8%.

The Fife LGBT Community Needs Assessment Report 2016 survey of 148 LGBO people in Fife found that 1 in 3 of survey respondents werenot out about their sexual orientation or gender identity to any of their work colleagues and that 1 in 10 of respondents (9%) feel that their LGBT identity is not respected or not at all respected by their colleagues.

Did you know? – Poverty and Living Standards

The Scottish Transgender Alliance (2008) report suggests that Transgender people’s income is low. 71 Transgender people in Scotland found that 30% of respondents had an income of over £20,000, and 48% of respondents had an income under £10,001. More recent studies donot have detailedinformation on the experiences and position of transgender people in relation to income and poverty.

There is limited data at local level regarding poverty levels and sexual orientation. However, national level from the SSCQ 2017 can give an ideaof populations. In 2017, the distribution on people identifying as LGBO lived mainly in either the most deprived or least deprived fifth of of households across Scotland.

Did you know? – Health and mental health

Health remains the main concern of trans people. From the Government Equalities Office (2011) survey, 40% thought that delays in treatment were the greatest challenge they had experienced with regard to transgender health issues, with 75% experiencing delays in access to treatment or referrals. It is to note that 53% thought that GPs were doing an excellent or good job in addressing their health needs.

58% of the participants that had to wait for access to a Gender Identity Clinic felt that this had led to their mental health or emotional wellbeing worsening.

On average, people who identify as LGBO tend to report less good overall health, even when taking into account the younger age of this equality group. With age standardisation, 67% of LGBO report good / very good health compared to 75% of heterosexual people, raising the question of barriers to access in healthcare.