Why Outlife Contact information Email: [email protected] Telephone: 020 7738 6872 About OutLife OutLife is the home of health and life advice for LGBT+ people. OutLife was set up because HERO - Health Equality and Rights Organisation, the parent organisation of OutLife, believes that not enough is being done to curb the high levels of mental illness and suicide among LGBT+ people in the UK. LGBT+ people are more likely to: Experience mental illness issues such as depression and anxiety Experience suicidal thoughts or act on those thoughts Die by suicide Experience self harm LGBT+ people are also more likely to: Abuse alcohol and drugs Be involved in harder sex and drug scene such as 'chemsex' Are twice more likely to smoke Have higher rates of HIV and STIs, especially gay men and trans people. LGBT+ people also face discrimination, bullying, hate crime and intimidation simply for being LGBT. And this is why OutLife exists. We believe that LGBT+ people deserve health equality, while experiencing life as an LGBT+ person without judgement. OutLife exists to empower LGBT+ people to take control of their health and well-being, while creating personal and social change in their lives and our community. Why OutLife? In creating OutLife, we wanted to make sure we can provide the LGBT+ community as best we can. To make sure we give LGBT+ people want they want we surveyed over 1433 LGBT+ people. 24.58% described themselves as Gay 31.22% described themselves as Bisexual 11.98% described themselves as Hetrosexual 2.44% described themselves as Asexual 13.74% described themselves as Pansexual 5.50% described themselves as Questioning 10.53% described themselves as Lesbian Age: 95% were under the age of 35. Gender: 19.52% were Male 56.89% were Female 9.31% were Trans Male 0.63% were Trans Female 8.47% were Non-binary 1.26% were Agender 0.84% were Bigender 3.08% were Other We asked: On which of the following topics have you recently sought advice online? Mental health 70.67% Happiness / wellbeing 50.86% Relationships 45.35% Sex 26.82% Sexual health 23.10% Drugs / alcohol abuse 13.23% Money matters 13.16% My rights at work 10.44% Reproductive rights 7.94% We asked: "I would use mental health resources if they were featured on OutLife" 75.55% said they would. We asked: Which mental health resources would you use if included in OutLife? (tick all that apply Depression and anxiety guidance and facts 84.94% Guidance for LGBT+ specific issues (body image in gay community etc.._) 76.78% Mood assessment tool 64.60% Suicide prevention resources 57.47% Links to therapeutic treatments and services 40.69% Peer support forums 39.31% Live-chat service 35.86% We asked: Respond to the following statement: "I would use sexual health guidance and tools if featured on OutLife." 58.12% said they would. We asked: Which sexual health resources would you use if featured on OutLife? (Tick all that apply) Safer sex guides 72.68% Lesbian and trans-specific resources 58.68% STI information 57.00% Automated sexual health assessment tool 44.52% HIV info pages 39.29% Links to clinics 39.12% Links to home testing 37.77% Information about navigating hookup culture and apps 37.61% PrEP and PEP guidance 24.11% We asked: Respond to the following statement: "I would use information and advice about LGBT rights if featured on OutLife" 78.25% said they would. We asked: Which rights topics would you want to access if featured on OutLife? (tick all that apply) Travel (LGBT rights country by country) 81.45% Discrimination 78.55% Marriage 74.08% Adoption 69.08% Healthcare rights 60.13% Employment 59.74% Housing 43.29% Asylum / refugee 27.63% We asked: Respond to the following statement: "I would use LGBT life-guidance resources if featured on OutLife - e.g guide to coming out, or navigating religion and sexuality" 71.82% said they would. We asked: Respond to the following statement: "I would use resources about LGBT+ relationships if featured on OutLife" 71.66% said they would. We asked: What LGBT relationship topics would you like to see on OutLife? (Tick all that apply) Domestic abuse 56.34% Marriage / civil partnerships 71.83% Open relationships 57.22% Polyamory 41.20% Dating 85.74% Loneliness 71.48% Sex 73.77% If you would like to talk to someone from OutLife, email us on [email protected]o.org.uk. OutLife's supporters: The majority of OutLife is funded through community donations, however we are thankful to our supporters. Without them OutLife wouldn't exist. Out current supporters are: The Big Lottery Fund provided OutLife with support to create an LGBT+ image bank that we use to make sure the content on OutLife is representative of our community. The City Bridge Trust provides OutLife with support for our help and support hub due to launch in September 2019.