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The number of people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual has increased (Photo: Getty Images)
The number of over-65s who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) has increased for the first time, new data shows.
Around 1% of people in this age group identified as LGBT in 2019, up from 0.7% in 2018, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
However, the proportion of LGB people in the older age groups remains lower than in the younger age groups, with the youngest group making up a third of all LGB people in the UK.
One in 15 people aged 16-24 now identify as LGB, an increase of 2.2% since 2018. This could be because they are more likely to explore their sexuality or because their sexual identity is more socially acceptable than in older generations, according to the ONS.
However, more people in the UK identify as LGB – an estimated 2.7% of people aged 16 and over identify as LGB in 2019, up from 2.2% in 2018.
The number of men identifying as LGB increased from 2.5% to 2.9% between 2018 and 2019, while the number of women identifying as LGB increased from 2% to 2.5%.
When the data was broken down by country, it was found that the number of people with an LGBT identity increased in England and Scotland, while it remained the same in Wales and Northern Ireland.
One in 15 people aged 16-24 now identify as LGB (Photo: Getty Images)
In England, Londoners are more likely to classify themselves as LHB, perhaps due to the younger population: 3.8% identified as LHB in 2019, compared to 2.8% in 2018. The East of England has the lowest percentage of LGBs at 2.1%.
Penelope McClure, a statistician at the ONS, described the increase in the number of young people identifying as LGB as statistically significant.
She said: An estimated 1.4 million people aged 16 and over in the UK identified as LHB in 2019, a statistically significant increase on the 1.2 million in 2018 and a continuation of the trend of recent years.
People aged 16-24 are still the most likely to identify as LGB, but the proportion of older people identifying as LGB, while significantly lower, is also increasing.
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According to the ONS survey, men are almost twice as likely as women to identify as gay and women are more likely to identify as bisexual than men – a statistical trend that has continued since 2014.
In 2019, there were twice as many single people and never married people – more than two-thirds – among LGBT people than among heterosexuals or straight people.
ONS estimates of sexual orientation are based on data from the Annual Population Survey (APS), which collects information on the self-perceptions of sexual identity of people aged 16 and over in Britain.
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