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More young people are identifying as LGB than ever before


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The number of young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the UK is at an all-time high.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 3.3% of 16-to-24-year-olds identified as LGB in 2015. This is up from the 2.8% recorded in 2014.

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This year’s London Pride parade (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

The figures are part of the ONS’ Annual Population Survey. Categories like transgender and intersex are not included as this data relates to sexual identity, not gender.

So how does this compare with the population as a whole? Well across the entire population 93.7% identified as heterosexual. Only 1.7% identified as LGB – but this is still an increase of 0.1% from the previous year.

Proportion of people who identify themselves as LGB by age.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the age category with the lowest proportion identifying as LGB is the over-65s at 0.6%.

In terms of country split, Northern Ireland has the highest national proportion of LGB people, followed by England, Scotland then Wales. London comes in with the highest regional proportion at 2.6%.

Proportion of people who identify themselves as LGB.

In terms of the gender split, 2% of men identified as LGB compared with 1.5% of women.

The ONS polls around 320,000 people for its Annual Population Survey.

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