Supplementary research

In addition to the policy paper 'Beyond tolerance: Making sexual orientation a public matter', the Commission has also produced six supplementary reports on a range of specific issues.  These are available to download below:

Research reports

  1. Research report 35 - Sexual orientation explored: A study of identity, attraction, behaviour and attitudes in 2009 
    Gavin Ellison and Briony Gunstone (You Gov)
    This study was devised to increase our knowledge of the nature of sexual orientation, to capture changing public attitudes and to investigate the impact of disadvantage experienced by lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) people. YouGov was commissioned to develop the study in December 2008.
  2. Research report 34 - Sexual orientation research review 2008
    Martin Mitchell, Charlie Howarth, Mehul Kotecha and Chris Creeganet (NatCen)
    This review brings together the existing research and evidence on sexual orientation, in order to inform future policy development and strategy in relation to sexual orientation in England, Scotland and Wales.
  3. Research report 37 - Estimating the size and composition of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual population in Britain (Pdf)
    Peter Aspinall (University of Kent)
    This research explores approaches to estimating the size of the LGB population of Britain for which there is currently no reliable estimate. Achieving an accurate measure of this population is critical for promoting equality and challenging discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Research summary reports

  1. Research summary 38 - Homophobic hate crime and hate incidents
    [Word version of research summary 38]
    Sam Dick (Stonewall)
    This paper includes definitions of homophobic hate crime, and homophobic hate incidents; gaps, weaknesses and trends in data sources; the prevalence and impact of homophobic hate crime upon LGB women and men; the barriers faced by LGB women and men when reporting homophobic hate crimes; and recommendations and ways forward.
  2. Research summary 39 - The experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and students in higher education
    Gill Valentine and Nichola Wood (University of Leeds)
    This summary provides new insights into LGB data collection in higher education (HE) and presents findings from an ECU funded qualitative and quantitative study covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to offer authoritative evidence into the experiences of LGB staff and students in HE.
  3. Research summary 40 - Moving forward: putting sexual orientation in the public domain
    [Word version of research summary 40]
    Sue Botcherby (EHRC) and Chris Creegan (NatCen)
    This paper discusses putting sexual orientation data into the public domain. It recognises that though there are obvious tensions between whether people regard sexual orientation as a public or private issue, sexual orientation has always been a public matter, though more often to the detriment of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people themselves.

Related research

Integration in the workplace

Research report 36 - Integration in the workplace: emerging employment practice on age, sexual orientation and religion or belief (PDF)  [Word version of this research]

Sue Bond and Emma Hollywood (Employment Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University) and Fiona Colgan (Comparative Organisation and Equality Research Centre, London Metropolitan University)
This report examines good practice in relation to recruitment, promotion or advancement at work based on the three
equality strands of age, sexual orientation and religion or belief. The research evidence will form the basis of a good practice document on recruitment, promotion and advancement at work to be developed by the Commission.

Health and Social Care

Don’t look back? Improving health and social care service delivery for older LGB users (PDF)

Richard Ward, University of Manchester,  Stephen Pugh, University of Salford, Elizabeth Price, University of Hull
This paper considers the perspectives and experiences of older LGB people and highlights the reasons why we should pay particular attention to their situation as users of health and social care.

Monitoring Sexual Orientation

Improving sexual orientation monitoring (PDF)

Chris Creegan, Director of Corporate Affairs, National Centre for Social Research, Michael Keating, National Adviser Equalities and Cohesion, Local Government Improvement and Development
This paper was commissioned to explore the case for asking people about sexual orientation and the issues it raises, including how it might be framed more effectively, the importance of anonymity and confidentiality, the questions that work and how the information collected can be used.

Researching adolescence and sexual orientation

Researching and monitoring adolescence and sexual orientation: Asking the right questions, at the right time (PDF)

Elizabeth McDermott, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York
This paper was commissioned to provide an overview of the evidence and issues involved in furthering our understanding about sexual orientation disadvantage by asking young people questions about sexual orientation for the purposes of research and monitoring.

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2014