Concerns of the LGBT community revealed

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THE MAJORITY of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in East Sussex feel isolated and believe the Government’s austerity policies are hindering moves towards equality according to a recent survey.

The LGBT Equalities in Hastings, Rother and East Sussex Forum’s project involved giving questionnaires to LGBT people across the county.

Almost 60 per cent of respondents reported either sometimes or always feeling isolated – this was linked to a lack of socialising opportunities with other LGBT people outside Brighton and Hove.

Less than a quarter who experienced a hate crime or hate incident reported it. Many felt these were not important or that reporting would be a waste of time.

More than half believed that austerity policies would weaken local LGBT equality.

Julie Eason, chairman of Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance, said: “There has been a shortage of local research to understand the needs and concerns of the LGBT community, and this work adds significantly to the research base.”