Interactive map: UK sexual orientation and gender identity

For the primary time in its historical past, the census in 2021 requested respondents about their sexual orientation and gender identification.

Requested as a voluntary query to these over the age of 16, the intention was to supply a greater understanding of the LBGT+ group in England and Wales. With richer, higher high quality knowledge, authorities, charities and actions teams will be capable to higher monitor and assist anti-discrimination duties underneath the Equality Act 2010.

In response to the query “Which of the next finest describes your sexual orientation?”, 43.4 million folks recognized as “straight or heterosexual”. The second most typical reply was “homosexual or lesbian” with over 748,000 folks figuring out this manner. Over 624,000 folks described themselves as “bisexual”.

Of the 165,000 individuals who chosen “Different sexual orientation”, “pansexual” (112,000), “asexual” (28,000), and “queer” (15,000) had been the commonest write-in responses.


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For the query relating to gender identification, 0.5%, or 262,000 folks, responded “No” to the query “Is the gender you determine with the identical as your intercourse registered at delivery?”. 

Those that answered “No” got the choice to write-in their gender identification. From these solutions:

  • 118,000 (0.24%) answered “No” however didn’t present a write-in response
  • 48,000 (0.10%) recognized as a trans man
  • 48,000 (0.10%) recognized as a trans girl
  • 30,000 (0.06%) recognized as non-binary
  • 18,000 (0.04%) wrote in a special gender identification

London was the area which had the best variety of folks figuring out as LGB+ and reporting their gender identification as totally different from their intercourse at delivery. 

Brighton and Hove was the native authority with the biggest LGB+ inhabitants (10.7%). In Wales, the native authorities with the biggest LGB+ populations had been Cardiff (5.3%), Ceredigion (4.9%), and Swansea (3.4%).

Eight out of the highest 10 native authorities with the biggest proportion of the inhabitants aged 16 years and over whose gender identification was totally different from their intercourse at delivery had been in London, with Newham (1.51%) and Brent (1.31%) topping the listing. Outdoors of London, the native authorities within the prime 10 had been Oxford (1.25%), which was third, and Norwich (1.07%), which was ninth. In Wales, the native authorities with the best percentages had been Cardiff (0.71%) and Ceredigion (0.70%).

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