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Gen Z twice as likely to identify as LGBTQ+ in England and Wales, census shows

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Those aged between 16 and 24 are more than twice as likely to identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community compared with the general population, according to new data from the 2021 Census.

The data, which was released on 6 January, marks the first time that figures on sexual orientation and gender identity have been included in the census, with 92.5% of the population answering the question on sexual orientation and 94% responding to the gender identity question one.

A total of 1.5 million respondents (3.2% of the population aged 16 years or older) said they identified as LGB+, with urban areas seeing the highest proportions of LGBTQ+ people.

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