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New Survey: 1.5% of Britain is Gay or Bisexual

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Oct 4, 2013
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A new survey found that 1.5% of people from Britain say they are strictly gay or bisexual, the U.K. newspaper the Daily Mail reports.

Officials from Britain’s Office for National Statistics released the data of their new survey on Thursday, which found 545,000 adults, or 1.1%, identified as gay or lesbian. Just 0.4% of adults, or 220,000, said they are bisexual.

The survey shows that there has been no increase of people who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, despite the government’s push for marriage equality. Earlier this year, the United Kingdom’s government approved a gay marriage bill. In 2014, same-sex couples in England and Wales will be able to tie the knot.

"The 1.5 per cent ONS estimate of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population is a quarter of the level of around six per cent claimed by gay lobby groups and accepted in Whitehall," the Daily Mail writes. "The ONS figures, described as experimental, were produced from questions on sexual identity included in the large-scale Integrated Household Survey. Nearly 170,000 people answered questions on their sexuality."

The Daily Mail writes that data shows 1.5% of the population identified as gay or lesbian but numbers are up slightly from 2010 findings.

"The proportions of adults identifying themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual within the other regions were largely similar in 2012 ranging from 1.0 per cent in the East of England to 1.7 per cent in the North East," the report reads.

The new survey found that 93.5 percent identified as straight while 1.1% did not answer the survey’s sexual identity questions and 3.6% said they did not know or refused to answer. Just 0.3% described their sexuality as "other." Additionally, the Daily Mail reports, "Younger people were more likely to say they were gay, with 1.7 per cent of those aged between 16 and 24 calling themselves gay or lesbian, and another one per cent of the 16-24 age group said they were bisexual."

According to the results, London had the highest proportion of people saying they identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, at 2.5%.

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