People aged 16 to 24 were more than twice as likely as the general population to identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. The survey recorded that. The demographics of sexual orientation vary significantly, and estimates for the lesbian, gay .. Compared to the heterosexual population, the homosexual population was much more likely to be male, single .. reported over 1 million (%) of the UK population aged 16 and over identified as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual (LGB). Alfred Kinsey's claim that 10% of adults were homosexual was flawed. But, just as in the UK, the routine US National Health Interview Survey.
Over the last five years, the proportion of the UK population identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) has increased from % in to. Main points. In , just over 1 million (%) of the UK population aged 16 and over identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB). LGBT respondents are less satisfied with their life than the general UK population (rating satisfaction on average out of 10 compared with.
Statistics on the percentage of the population that are homosexual and lesbian: (sixi.info). Alfred Kinsey's claim that 10% of adults were homosexual was flawed. But, just as in the UK, the routine US National Health Interview Survey. Over the last five years, the proportion of the UK population identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) has increased from % in to.
The demographics of sexual orientation vary significantly, and estimates for the lesbiangay and bisexual LGB population homosexua subject to controversy and ensuing debates. Obtaining precise numbers is difficult for a variety of reasons. One populztion the major reasons for the difference homosexual statistical findings regarding poopulation and bisexuality has to do with the nature of the homosexual questions. Major research studies on sexual orientation are discussed.
Most of the studies listed below rely on self-report data, which poses challenges to homosexual inquiring into sensitive subject matter. More importantly, the studies tend to pose two sets of questions. One set examines self-report data of same-sex sexual experiences and attractions homosexuxl the other set examines self-report data of personal identification as homosexual or bisexual.
Fewer research subjects identify as homosexual or bisexual than report having had sexual experiences or attraction to a person of the same sex. Several studies of sexual orientation in countries provide comparative perspectives.
Tables comparing several U. However, since many individuals may fail to report outside the heterosexual norm or define their sexuality in their own unique terms, it is difficult to population grasp the size homosexual the LGB population.
The type of survey being used and population type of setting a subject is in while being surveyed may also affect the answer populattion the subject gives. Another significant distinction can be made between popupation medical statisticians call incidence and prevalence. For example, even if two studies uj on a common criterion for defining a sexual orientation, one study might regard this as applying to any person who has ever met this criterion, whereas another might only regard that person as being so if they had done so during the year of the survey.
Jk population that has come to be referred to as gay in the West is not a descriptive term that would be recognized by all men who have sex with men MSM as known in the rest of the world.
While gay culture is increasingly open and discussed, the world of MSM consists of a diverse population that often may respond differently depending on how communications in clinical settings are framed.
Gay is generally used to describe a homosexual sexual orientation, while MSM describes sexual behavior between men. Some men who have sex with other men will not relate to the term gay or homosexualand do not regard sexual activity with other men as actual sexual activity. Instead, they view sexual relations with women as valid. This is particularly true among individuals from non-Western cultures, but it is also common in the US. Terms such as MSM or same gender population are often used in place of the word gay.
Men in Africa and Latin America engage in sexual relationships with other men while still referring to themselves as heterosexualwhich is known as being on homosexula " down-low ". There is a relative lack of information on sexual behavior in most developing countries. The limited sources that are available indicate popklation although homosexual self-identification might occur relatively infrequently, the prevalence of homosexual behavior is higher. These men are not taken into consideration in some sexual identity surveys which may lead to under-reporting and inaccuracies.
Reliable data on the size of the gay and lesbian population would be valuable for informing public policy. Two of the most famous studies of the demographics of human sexual orientation populwtion Dr. These studies used a seven-point spectrum to define sexual behavior, from 0 for completely heterosexual to 6 for completely homosexual. Uomosexual concluded that a small percentage of the population were hmosexual one degree or another bisexual falling on the scale from 1 to 5.
His results, homosexual, have been disputed, especially in by a team consisting of John TukeyFrederick Mosteller and William G.
Cochranwho stated much of Kinsey's work was based on convenience samples rather than random samplesand thus would have been vulnerable to bias. Paul GebhardKinsey's former colleague and successor as director po;ulation the Kinsey Institute for Sex Researchreviewed the Kinsey data and removed what he thought were its purported contaminants. However, he also pointed out that Kinsey later concluded it was a mistake trying to generalize to the entire population.
More recent researchers believe that Kinsey overestimated the rate of populatiion attraction because of flaws in his sampling methods. The study found that For women Nevertheless, 8. An update on the above study; it employs the same methodology, has a larger sample 20, respondents and a broader respondent age range 16— Bisexuals accounted for 1. Women were significantly more likely than men to identify as bisexual, and less likely to report exclusively other-sex or same-sex attraction and experience.
Similarly, more women reported same-sex experience and same-sex attraction. More women identified as lesbian homosexual bisexual than in — Both male and female bisexuality were more common among ho,osexual under the age of Male pipulation was also overrepresented among men in their sixties.
Results are presented below by age and wave; total populahion per wave are displayed in the last column. In the last wave, 4. Men outnumbered women among homosexuals in all age homosexal.
For both sexes, the share identifying as homosexual in the last wave was highest in the 20—29 age group men: 7. A study reported that the percentage of people identifying as LGB in Austria hommosexual 6. In an interactive voice response telephone homosrxual population around 2, Canadians, 5. Canadians aged 18—34 were much more likely to identify as LGBT A random survey found homosexual 2. A study of 20, people found that 4. In a nationally representative online survey of 7, French adults carried out by IFOP in early6.
Compared to the heterosexual population, the population population was much more likely to be male, single, and younger than 65, as well as to be living alone. Homosexuals were more likely to be economically active and work in "superior intellectual professions" population on average had a smaller household income.
They were also more likely to be residing in big cities, especially in the region of Paris. The bisexual population had fewer statistically significant deviations from the heterosexual population, resembling the heterosexuals on some measures, homosexuals on others, or being at a midpoint on population some others.
However, they were more likely to be aged 18—24 than the other two groups. Like homosexuals, they were also more likely to be single. Among LGBs, men outnumbered women by more hompsexual 2 to 1. An LGB identity is populattion more common among people who said they have had more than 10 sex partners homoseexual none at all compared to those who have had intermediary pooulation of sexual experience.
According to Yougov,  the following is how German adults are distributed along the Kinsey scale by age :. One percent of each sex was uncertain. An estimation from gave around 6. A study of the responses of 7, individuals, conducted by the ESRIfound that 2. A question based on a variant of the Kinsey scale found that 5. Of those surveyed, 7.
It also found that 4. In a sample representative of the Israeli Jewish population aged 18 to 44, it was found that A non-heterosexual identity was more common in Tel Aviv than in other parts of the homosrxual and, among men, it was also correlated with younger age. In a survey employing the Kinsey scale4. In the category of young adults, aged 18 to 24, 7.
Compared homosexual the population population, more young adults also placed themselves on point 3 of the Kinsey scale, meaning that equal attraction to both sexes 4. Point 4 of the Kinsey scale, indicating a mostly homosexual orientation with major heterosexual attraction, contained a similar share of young adults and all adults 1. An extended survey including all the people that during their lives fell or are in love with u same-sex individual, or that had sexual intercourse with a same-sex individual, increases the percentage to 6.
More men than women, more northerners than southerners, more younger than older people identified themselves as homosexuals. Members of families spread populatino Italian municipalities took part in the survey.
A survey by the Dentsu group estimated that 5. In a face-to-face survey population out by the Dutch National Survey of General Practice, of the population, men with a valid answer to the sexual orientation question, 1. Of the 5, women, 1. In a nationally representative, online sample of men and women, homosexuaal.
A further 5. Self-identification was assessed on a 5-point scale and all three non-exclusive options were combined for bisexual self-identification.
Same-sex homosexuaal is more prevalent than homo- or bisexual orientation. Of the men, 9. Among women, this was Of the ik, 3. For women, these percentages were 1. Gay or bisexual self-identification without same-sex attraction was almost non-existent. However, not all men and women who felt attracted to their own gender identified as gay or bisexual. Same-sex sexual behavior did occur among men homoosexual women who neither reported any same-sex attraction or a gay or bisexual identification, especially homosexual lifelong sexual behavior homosexual considered.
In an anonymous survey of 8, New Zealand secondary school students conducted by the University of Auckland0. The Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health population Development Study is a prospective study that looked at changes in sexual behavior, attraction, and identity among around 1, New Zealanders born in or Popuation study found a strong decrease in the share of women who self-reported exclusive heterosexual attraction from age 21 By contrast, among men, the share self-reporting exclusive heterosexual attraction remained largely stable between ages 21 Sexual homosexual was only assessed at ages 32 and At age 32, 0.
Sexual identity is also now part of official government statistics. But only 0. So is this evidence of bias in the Natsal participants or a sign of reluctance to open up in a general household survey that is largely concerned with mundane matters such as shopping habits?
That works out to a total of nearly 1. But, just as in the UK, the routine US National Health Interview Survey NHIS comes up with a lower figure for bisexuality than the dedicated sex surveys: it seems plausible that there is less willingness to acknowledge bisexual identity in routine surveys, whereas those who clearly identify themselves as gay or lesbian are willing to be more upfront.
Same-sex sexual behaviour can come in all degrees of intensity. Respondents are asked about activity at any age, so adolescent fumblings counted. But this is not all just girls kissing girls in imitation of Madonna and Britney Spears; around half report genital contact, and around half of these in the past five years, so that overall nearly one in 20 women report a same-sex partner in the past five years. But has there really been a change, or are women simply more willing to report what they get up to?
Using some neat cross-checking, Natsal reckons that the change between and was partly due to more honest reporting, but the rise in and was all real. And it is clear that there is a lot of experimental activity — roughly, for each woman who has had a recent same-sex partner there are two more of the same age who have had some same-sex contact in their lives, but no partner in the past five years.
Men show a different pattern. However, the picture shows a clear peak of lifetime same-sex experience for men aged around 60, and then a dramatic drop in those around 70, a pattern not seen in women. Voucher Codes. Just Eat. National Trust. Premium Articles. Subscription offers. Subscription sign in. Read latest edition.
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This publication is licensed under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3. To view this licence, visit nationalarchives. Where we have identified any third party copyright information you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holders concerned. This government is committed to making the UK a country that works for everyone. We want to strip away the barriers that hold people back so that everyone can go as far as their hard work and talent can take them.
The UK today is a diverse and tolerant society. We have made great strides in recent decades in our acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT people, who make a vital contribution to our culture and to our economy. This government has a proud record in advancing equality for LGBT people.
From changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry to introducing Turing Pardons, we have been at the forefront of change. Despite this progress, we cannot get complacent.
We know that LGBT people continue to face significant barriers to full participation in public life. Your sexual orientation or your gender identity should not be a barrier to success.
The survey response was unprecedented. Over , people participated, making it the largest national survey of LGBT people in the world to date. Today we are publishing a detailed report on the headline findings. These focus on the experiences of LGBT people in the areas of safety, health, education and employment.
None of this is acceptable. Clearly, we have more to do. We have therefore published a comprehensive LGBT Action Plan that sets out what steps the government will take in response to the survey findings. This looks across the board at government services. We will also publish as much of the survey data as possible, so that stakeholders and researchers can make use of the findings.
Despite the progress we have made as a country, we should not be blind to the fact that LGBT people continue to face barriers to full participation in public life. We want to build a country that works for everyone, and that means tackling these burning injustices.
The survey received over , valid responses, making it the largest national survey to date of LGBT people anywhere in the world. This document provides a summary of the key findings from the survey. Alongside this report, we have published a more detailed analysis of the survey findings as well as a LGBT Action Plan that sets out how the government will address these findings. Since , when Parliament partially decriminalised male homosexual acts in England and Wales, the UK has made significant progress to advance equality for LGBT people.
Our Parliament now has the highest proportion of openly lesbian, gay and bisexual members of any legislature in the world and we are consistently ranked as one of the best countries in Europe for LGBT rights. Despite this progress on legal entitlements, research and evidence has continued to suggest that LGBT people face discrimination, bullying and harassment in education, at work and on the streets, hate crime and higher inequalities in health satisfaction and outcomes.
Effective policymaking requires a sound evidence base. This means hearing directly from the people who are affected by policies. We wanted to understand what the evidence was telling us so we could intervene where it matters most.
In this context, the government launched a nationwide survey in July The survey was also open to individuals who have a variation in sex characteristics intersex. The aim of the survey was to develop a better understanding of the experiences of LGBT and intersex people, particularly in the areas of health, education, personal safety and employment.
These were chosen as the existing evidence suggested that they were the main areas where LGBT people face the largest inequalities. The LGBT survey was hosted online for 12 weeks.
Given the lack of data on the LGBT population in national and administrative datasets, an online survey was considered the best way to access a large number of respondents.
The online element also allowed respondents to provide anonymous and confidential responses. The survey was designed by GEO in consultation with policy experts across government, civil society organisations, academics and relevant stakeholders. The survey collected a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data. The survey was promoted widely by GEO, by stakeholders, at national LGBT pride events, via national media coverage and on social media.
Ministers publicised it during multiple interviews and videos during the LGBT pride celebrations. In total, we received , valid responses. A small number of responses that fell outside our target audience i.
The survey also received 32, responses to an optional free-text question at the end of the survey. Though the number of respondents to the survey was large, we still need to be careful when interpreting the data and extrapolating from the findings. The sample was self-selected, and there is no guarantee that it was representative of the entire LGBT population in the UK. No robust and representative data of the LGBT population in the UK currently exists, although the Office for National Statistics is considering including a sexual orientation question in the census and is looking at options for producing gender identity population estimates.
In addition, respondents had to be willing to self-identify as LGBT; these people may have a different experience to those who are unwilling to identify in this way, even in an anonymous survey. In this section, we relay some of the headline findings from the survey and give them some context with wider evidence. The final section of this summary report considers the findings in a political context and sets out what steps the government will take as a response.
Alongside this summary document, we have published a more detailed analysis of the survey findings. The survey received , valid responses from individuals aged 16 or over who were living in the UK and self-identified as LGBT or intersex. These figures varied by age. Thirteen percent of the respondents were transgender or trans. Of the total sample, 6.