Prisoners: LGBT People

02 Dec 2014
Ms Diane Abbott MP:

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the number of prisoners declaring themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered.

Mr Andrew Selous MP:

The number of prisoners in England and Wales broken down by sexual orientation as at 26 September 2014 is shown in the table below:

Table: Headcount of prisoners by Sexual Orientation as at 26 September 2014

Sexual Orientation                              Headcount
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Other                 1779
Heterosexual / Straight                       63738
Not Asked/Refused to State                 20117
Grand Total                                       85634

Transgender Prisoners with a Gender Recognition Certificate are recorded on administrative systems as their legal gender. In accordance with the Gender Recognition Act of 2004 and the Equality Act 2010, transgender individuals are not identified as being transgender on administrative systems.

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