More than one in 10 young women in the UK identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or other | Sexuality

More than one in ten young women in the UK identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or otherwise, according to official figures indicating that more than 2 million people define themselves as such.

Of women aged 16-24, 11.4% said they were lesbian, gay, bisexual or something else, based on an Office for National Statistics annual population survey covering 2020. It’s the first. times since the start of the survey in 2014 that the percentage has crossed the 10% mark.

In 2014, only 3.1% of young women identified themselves that way – fewer than young men – but they now far outnumber them, with the largest group of those who do not identify as heterosexual – 7.6% – saying they being bisexual.

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But that number drops significantly after age 24, when it drops to 2% at ages 25-34 and further down to less than 1% at ages above.

The numbers clearly show an increasing openness among people of all ages over 16 about their sexual orientation and come after Jake Daniels became the UK’s first male professional footballer to come out publicly as gay since 1990.

The figures showed that the proportion of people of all genders in the UK who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual has nearly doubled in six years, with the latter jumping from 2.7% in 2019 to 3.1% in 2020 brought.

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The survey finds that 1.65 million people identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and another 350,000 say ‘different’. That equates to more than 800,000 additional people over the age of 16 who identify in this way since 2014.

The areas of the UK where people were most likely to say they were heterosexual were Northern Ireland, followed by the East of England. The regions with the highest number of people who did not identify as heterosexual, including refusing to reveal their sexual orientation, were London, Yorkshire and the North West.

There were also differences based on ethnicity, with mixed race people over the age of 16 being the least likely to identify as straight or heterosexual. Asian and British Asian people were most likely not to say when asked.

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