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Key Facts: Rural and Environment

rural communitySummary: Sexual Orientation and Rural and Environment

The Scottish Government has limited information on the experiences of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in rural Scotland and in relation to the environment.

  • Due to the small number of individuals identifying as gay/lesbian/bisexual/other sexual orientation in the Scottish Household Survey, data for 2015 and 2016 have been combined to reach an adequate sample size.
  • Over the 2015 and 2016 period, there was little difference in the proportion of respondents who identified as gay/lesbian/bisexual/other and the proportion of respondents who identified as heterosexual who visited the outdoors once a week or more (45% and 49% respectively).

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2016


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