Sexual identity, UK: 2016

Latest UK data on sexual identity

Today, the Office of National Statistics, (ONS), has issued the Statistical bulletin: Sexual identity, UK: 2016 – Experimental Official Statistics on sexual identity in the UK in 2016 by region, sex, age, marital status, ethnicity and National Statistics Socio-economic Classification. The bulletin is available as a PDF. The main points listed in Section 1 are:

  • In 2016, just over 1 million (2.0%) of the UK population aged 16 and over identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB).
  • The population aged 16 to 24 were the age group most likely to identify as LGB in 2016 (4.1%).
  • More males (2.3%) than females (1.6%) identified themselves as LGB in 2016.
  • The population who identified as LGB in 2016 were most likely to be single, never married or civil partnered, at 70.7%.

Links to other sections of the bulletin are:

2. Statistician’s comment

3. Things you need to know about this release

4. The majority of the UK population identifies as heterosexual or straight

5. Small changes in the percentage identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual in 2016

6. Males are more likely to identify as gay or lesbian; females are more likely to identify as bisexual

7. People aged 16 to 24 are more likely to identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual than any other age group

8. London has the highest percentage of the population who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual

9. Population identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual are most likely to be single, never married or civil partnered

10. Links to related statistics

11. What’s changed within this publication?

Q12. Quality and methodology

Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "Sexual identity, UK: 2016" in Law & Religion UK, 4 October 2017, http://www.lawandreligionuk.com/2017/10/04/sexual-identity-uk-2016/

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