More than half of gay men don’t feel comfortable holding hands in public

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A new survey has taken a look at how safe LGBT+ citizens in the UK feel in public.

More than half of gay men in Britain don’t feel comfortable holding their partner’s hand in public, according to new research conducted by LGBT+ charity Stonewall.

The report found that 36% of LGBT+ people don’t feel fully at ease holding hands in public, while that increases to 58% for gay men.

As part of their ‘Safety in Public’ section of the survey, Stonewall also found that 29% of LGBT+ people will avoid certain streets for fear of becoming a victim of hate crime.

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What’s more, 33% of LGBT+ people will avoid certain bars and restaurants for fear of discrimination, with that figure shooting up to 51% for trans people.

This date was collected as part of a new YouGov polling of over 5,000 LGBT+ people in the UK.

In the same report, it was revealed that anti-LGB hate crime in the UK has risen by 78% since 2013.

Stonewall are urging people to take a visible stand against LGBT+ hate crime with their Come Out for LGBT campaign, as well as call out anti-LGBT online abuse if it is safe to do so.

The charity also wants LGBT+ people to report incidents of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia when accessing public services like housing or social services.

Victims or their friends and family should contact Stonewall’s Information Service on 08000 50 20 20 for advice and support.

Related: Exclusive: Home Secretary Amber Rudd announces extra £300,000 to tackle hate crime

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