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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.

Around 748,000 (1.5%) of those who answered said they are either gay or lesbian, only 0.2% more than the 624,000 (1.3%) who described themselves as bisexual. READ MORE: Being bisexual almost as common as being gay or lesbian in England and Wales, census shows An additional 165,000 (0.3%) selected “other sexual orientation”.

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