National LGBTIQ+ Survey 2019 - summary report


In this report we will present the results of a large national survey of LGBTIQ+ people (i.e., individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, intersexual, queer, and other sexual or gender minorities) in Switzerland. Despite changes toward greater acceptance and equality, LGBTIQ+ people in Switzerland still suffer from discrimination and face structural inequalities. For example, marriage for same-sex couples (sometimes called same-sex marriage) and joint adoption are currently not legal and LGBTIQ+ people are not protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In January 2019, we launched a survey to gather more information about the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people in Switzerland. We designed a web-based questionnaire asking people about their experiences living as a LGBTIQ+ person in Switzerland. While the primary aim of the study was to survey LGBTIQ+ people, interested cis-heterosexual individuals (heterosexual individuals who identified exclusively as men and women and where this was consistent with their sex as assigned at birth) were also invited to take part in the survey. These participants were asked about their opinions toward LGBTIQ+ individuals and their perception of the situation for LGBTIQ+ individuals in Switzerland. Therefore, we designed different versions of a web questionnaire that were tailored to sexual minorities (i.e., individuals with a minority sexual orientation such as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or pansexual people), gender minorities (i.e., individuals identifying as trans* or intersex), and cis-heterosexual individuals. All versions were translated into French, German, Italian, and English. The survey response was higher than expected. Thanks to the help of many LGBTIQ+ organizations, LGBTIQ+ magazines, and individuals who largely shared our study on different media, 1’664 people replied to our questionnaire from January 2019 to April 2019. This document provides a summary of the key findings of the survey.


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Tabea Hässler & Léïla Eisner


German, French, Italian, English

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