• The community does not feel safe showing affection to their partner through the gesture. (Youtube)Source: Youtube
New research has shown that only 43% of the LGBT+ community feels safe holding hands with their partner in public.
By
Michaela Morgan

13 Feb 2017 - 1:59 PM  UPDATED 13 Feb 2017 - 1:59 PM

New research commissioned by ANZ has found that the LGBTIQ community is three times more likely to feel uncomfortable while holding hands with a loved one than other Australians.

In partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the research showed that while 94 per cent of Australians believe anyone—regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity— should be able to hold hands in public, only 43 per cent of the LGBTIQ community said they were comfortable doing so.

Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu says the study highlights the issues the LGBTIQ community faces daily.

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“It’s a simple and loving gesture to hold your partner’s hand, however for fear of discrimination, and experiences in violence and abuse – the reality is that many in the community still don’t feel safe,” says Casu.

ANZ’s Managing Director of Corporate and Commercial banking, Mark Hand says: “A simple gesture like holding hands in public is something all Australians should feel comfortable doing, yet our research shows members of the LGBTI community are three times more likely to feel uncomfortable with this basic display of affection.

In response to the research, ANZ has released a moving video of same-sex couples holding hands. 

In collaboration with Twitter, an emoji of two hands has been created that will appear when users type in the #HoldTight hashtag.