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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.


  • 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: Environment (Last updated: September 2017)

Note: 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.


Useful Links

Sexual Orientation Page

Rural and Environment Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to sexual orientation and transgender people

Statistics in more details


Rural and Environment