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Survey: 1.6 percent of people in the UK identify as LGBT

Main findings

In 2014, 1.6% of adults in the UK identified their sexual identity as lesbian, gay or bisexual. The likelihood of an adult identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual decreased with age. Around 2.6% of adults aged 16 to 24 years identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual. This decreased to 0.6% of adults aged 65 and over.

Around 0.5% of adults identified themselves as bisexual, with women (0.7%) being twice as likely as men to do so (0.3%).

London had the highest percentage of adults identifying themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual, at 2.6%.

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by Anonymousreply 6610/21/2015

[quote]Around 0.5% of adults identified themselves as bisexual,

They're lying.

by Anonymousreply 110/01/2015

Obviously this does not square with the latest polls that most British youth say they are NOT heterosexual. It's just a lie, delivered the old fashioned way. And we told you it was a lie. And we told and we told and you refused to believe us. But we were right.

by Anonymousreply 210/01/2015

it sounds fairly accurate actually. The LGBT community have distorted views on their numbers for the most part.

by Anonymousreply 310/01/2015

The easiest way to get a more honest statistic of who's gay, just look into who searches for gay porn on Google analytics. This will give you a better, more authentic idea on who's gay. Not people who self-identify. Closet-cases aren't know for their honesty.

by Anonymousreply 410/01/2015

Yeah, that stat is way off, OP. Doesn't match people who Google gay porn in the UK.

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by Anonymousreply 510/01/2015

um r4, there are straight men who watch gay porn, and there are gay men who watch straight porn.

by Anonymousreply 610/01/2015

Oh my god, fuck off R6.

by Anonymousreply 710/01/2015

The percentage would've been much higher if they'd included the royal family.

by Anonymousreply 810/01/2015

Wasn't it 10 or 12% that Yougov poll said? Sounded fishy at the time.

by Anonymousreply 910/01/2015

well r7, that's one way to deal with reality; let us know how that works out for you in the years to come, m'kay?

by Anonymousreply 1010/01/2015

Again, the key, identify as, we will never know. The true number of the homosexuals who don't identify.

by Anonymousreply 1110/01/2015

We will get w closer idea with gay porn searches. You will never get a close idea with people who self-identify. Gay shame is still entrenched in the minds of LGBT people.

by Anonymousreply 1210/01/2015

I'm not good with numbers. Whta's the percentage of non-heterosexual people in the UK according to this then?

by Anonymousreply 1310/01/2015

R9, that YouGov poll has not been replicated by other credible researchers

by Anonymousreply 1410/01/2015

I misinterpreted the numbers. I thought 1 out of 6 identified as LGBT.

1.6 sound totally unrealistic, but I underdtand most don't dare state their sexual orientation openly and let alone homophobes because most of them are also closeted cases.

by Anonymousreply 1510/01/2015

This is in line with other polls and surveys in the U.K., except for the outlier YouGov poll.

by Anonymousreply 1610/01/2015

If even guys in the gay adult industry don't won't to identify as gay, what hope is there that average people will identify as such.

by Anonymousreply 1710/01/2015

If the number of gay people were actually more or less this then there would be practically no same-sex couples because with such low quantity and all distributed in diffferent places within a territory (country) and homophobia which keeps huge amounts of people in the closet there's no way people attracted to the same sex could actually meet, become friends and fall in love.

Have a look at what people call "gay culture", lots of places for gay people, you see a lot of people there and you don't have to forget that only a fraction of homosexual people frequent those clubs created for homosexual people because not all of us feel intereted in what gay culture offers (different tastes in music, etc.).

Many forms of businesses find in homosexual people a big target to promote their products.

With all this mind, even saying that we make up only 4% of the human popualtion sounds ridiculous. I think our percentage within the human population must be around 10% at least, that sounds more realistic to me.

by Anonymousreply 1810/01/2015

London has nearly twice as many people who describe themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual as other parts of the country, official figures showed today.

The Office for National Statistics said that across the UK an average of 1.1 per cent of the population said they were gay or lesbian, with another 0.5 per cent describing themselves as bisexual.

The figure was higher in London where 2.6 per cent of those questioned describe themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.

The next highest figure was in the South East region, where the total as 1.8 per cent. The lowest proportion was the 1 per cent recorded in the East Midlands.

Today’s findings, drawn from a household survey carried out by the statisticians in December, also show that the proportion of gay, lesbian and bisexuals is highest among professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, with 2.1 per cent of this group nationally describing themselves in this way. That compares with a 1.4 per cent figure for manual workers.

by Anonymousreply 1910/02/2015

Wasn't there a recent study where about 50% of teens in the UK identify with somewhere on the non-heterosexual spectruum?

1, 2, 3% that's simply not believable.

by Anonymousreply 2010/02/2015

^ But you believe half of all kids identify as non-straight? Hee

by Anonymousreply 2110/02/2015

Is 1-3% too high for you r21?

by Anonymousreply 2210/02/2015

I tend to think that 50% of people are bisexual to some degree.

by Anonymousreply 2310/02/2015

Based on zero evidence, r23.

If so many guys were bi you'd think gay porn would sell what straight porn does....

by Anonymousreply 2410/02/2015

Isn't it that gay porn is one of the most profitable businesses nowadays?, R24

by Anonymousreply 2510/02/2015

R24, I've read that line quite a few times on this site...are you the one who keeps posting it again and again and again?

by Anonymousreply 2610/02/2015

[quote]um [R4], there are straight men who watch gay porn, and there are gay men who watch straight porn.

The only thing gay and straight porn have in common is cock. If you're watching both, then you are in no way, shape or form 'straight'. You watch gay porn because you like cock.

by Anonymousreply 2710/02/2015

Playgirl never even came close to selling what Playboy did. Not many people interested in pics of naked guys.....

by Anonymousreply 2810/02/2015

We are living in the age of the internet. Who's going to buy mags?

by Anonymousreply 2910/02/2015

R28, what's your point? Are you claiming not many people are gay?

by Anonymousreply 3010/02/2015

r29, you realize those magazines pre-date the internet, right? Even at its peak Playgirl was not selling anything close to what Playboy did

r30, I'm claiming that if so many guys were bi like r23 insists that naked pictures of men would be as popular as naked pics of women

by Anonymousreply 3110/03/2015

R20, that YouGov poll is an extremely outlier. This poll is in line with other surveys

by Anonymousreply 3210/03/2015

R31 In times when homosexuality was widely frowned upon and sitgmatised you can't expect people to happily and openly get to a newspaper stand and buy a gay porn mag. You have to put things in the context of the time. Even today people would hasitate to buy that type of mag. Even heterosexual people would feel a bit embarrassed buying a playboy or any other mag of the sort because of the intimate content of it.

by Anonymousreply 3310/03/2015

r33, you can subscribe to magazines.

by Anonymousreply 3410/03/2015

I always laugh at how deluded 'ghetto gays' are about the statistics.

There they are living in their 5 or 6 block downtown gay ghettos in big cities, surrounded the gay people, most of their daily interaction is with other gay people, a lot of time on grindr and scruff, and they slip in to delusion that there are far more gay people than the reality.

The 1.6% is most certainly in line with most other studies, regardless of many gays dismissing the truth out of hand.

by Anonymousreply 3510/03/2015

That yougov scale had 72% of Brit, 48% of young Brits and 78% of Americans and 64% of young Americans saying they were completely heterosexual on a heterosexual to homosexual scale and 22% of young Brits and 10% of young Americas were at 1 ie leaned strongly heterosexual. So 70% of 18-24 year old Brits and 80% of 18 to 24 year old Americans lean strongly heterosexual, even if not absolutely so.

In terms of pure bisexuals, ie prefer men and women equally, 2% of Brits and 3% of young Brits are at that scale, 3% of Americans, 7% of young Americans. In terms of those at 6 ie completely homosexual, that comprises 4% of Brits, 6% of young Brits and 4% of Americans, 2% of young Americans

by Anonymousreply 3610/03/2015

Again, false numbers. Way too low. Look at solid indicators like the marriage rates among the 30-35 year olds. Pron clicks, all of it.

by Anonymousreply 3710/03/2015

r37, what do marriage rates prove? Just that straights are marrying at later ages

And only 5% of internet porn searches are gay-related

by Anonymousreply 3810/03/2015

Pakistan: huge rates of gay porn search.

by Anonymousreply 3910/03/2015

Stop with the notion that porn is evidence of overall populatiOn. Makes you sound crazy. And perverted

by Anonymousreply 4010/03/2015

You seem to need to project your own fears onto others when calling them "perverted", R40

And, watching porn is not perverted, by the way.

by Anonymousreply 4110/03/2015

Since porn takes out the self-identification factor, it's a pretty reliable way of determining a rough percentage of people who are at the very least same sex attracted. People who would never state to a statistician that they were gay (or even indicate it on an anonymous survey) can;t help avoid their physical response.

Yes, some women and maybe even some curious straight men may view gay porn online, but that number is easily offset by the number of gay men who are paranoid about seeking gay point online and search for male dominated straight porn instead.

I'd say that approx. 2.5% would be a fair number reflecting the number of LGBT who are happy to identify publicly. The original states 1.6%, but the under 24 figure will be more accurate, with fewer older closet cases skewing the figures. If gay porn figures are around 5%, that's probably a more realistic number.

by Anonymousreply 4210/03/2015

1.6% sounds about right, if you look at a cross section of similar polls and studies. I'll never understand the need some gay men seem to have to inflate the numbers, as if we become more validated if they are more of us in the world. We're a small minority. We always have been and we always will be. So what?

by Anonymousreply 4310/04/2015

There's somewhat less stigma among younger people - reflected in the fact that several times as many "self identify" as gay in the poll than do oldsters.

It's unlikely that nature is suddenly producing a lot higher percentage of gays.

More probable that elders are afraid to out themselves to a pollster - but that their actual percentage is closer to what the sexually active younger populatin reveals.

Oh, and stigma still exists. So even the 2 and 1/2 percent volunteered number probably understates actuality. Bet the true figure is in the high single digits.

by Anonymousreply 4410/04/2015

As long has homophobia has a presence in society we will never see more accurate numbers.

by Anonymousreply 4510/04/2015

[quote]There's somewhat less stigma among younger people - reflected in the fact that several times as many "self identify" as gay in the poll than do oldsters.

It will be interesting to see if those younger people who don't identify as 100% heterosexual will still identify as such as they get older. Something tells me a significant amount of them will turn out to be straight. There seems to be an awful lot of young people today flirting with the notion of not being straight (ie boring), without actually, you know, being gay. I suspect there's also an awful lot of young people who currently see themselves as "gender fluid", even though they're basically as conventional as can be.

by Anonymousreply 4610/04/2015

"There seems to be an awful lot of young people today flirting with the notion of not being straight (ie boring), without actually, you know, being gay"

You mean young women. God knows most young men would rather die than be thought of as anything other than heterosexual

by Anonymousreply 4710/04/2015

Not me, R47. You yes, but not me.

by Anonymousreply 4810/04/2015

You must not get a lot of attention R43...

by Anonymousreply 4910/04/2015

R47 Actually more women, 76%, than men, 68%, think of themselves as 100% heterosexual in the UK according to that yougov poll. In the US the figures are exactly tied, 78% of men and 78% of women think of themselves as 100% heterosexual

by Anonymousreply 5010/05/2015

r50, in the real world hardly any men identify as bisexual

by Anonymousreply 5110/05/2015

R51 2% of British men and 5% of US men identify as bisexual according to yougov

by Anonymousreply 5210/06/2015

Just say there is one gay person, and it is Elton John.

by Anonymousreply 5310/06/2015

r52, the yougov poll is crap - in every other poll hardly any guys identify as bi

by Anonymousreply 5410/06/2015

R54 2% or even 5% is not really that high a number and even on the poll of this thread 2.6% of young adults identify as LGB

by Anonymousreply 5510/06/2015

It's trendy in recent years to be LGB-friendly/fanatical as we all know, so I would think that should be taken in to the margin for error.

by Anonymousreply 5610/06/2015

If the popultion in the UK is about 64 millionpeople, 1.6% is 1.024.000 LGBT.

by Anonymousreply 5710/08/2015

The UK:


A study of 8,337 British men found that 6.1% have had a "homosexual experience" and 3.6% had "1+ homosexual partner ever."[28]


HM Treasury and the Department of Trade and Industry completed a survey to help the government analyse the financial implications of the Civil Partnerships Act (such as pensions, inheritance and tax benefits). They concluded that there were 3.6 m gay people in Britain—around 6% of the total population or 1 in 16.66 people.[29]


In an online survey carried out among over 75,000 Yougov panel participants in Britain, 90.9% identified as heterosexual, 5.8% as gay, lesbian or bisexual, 1.3% opted not to give an answer, and 2.1% gave other reasons.[30] Though the panel is not a probability sample, it was recruited to ensure that it closely matched the overall British population on demographic variables such as age, gender, employment status and socio-economic classification.[30] Ethnic minorities were less likely to identify as gay or lesbian than Whites (1.4% vs. 3.5%) but were more likely to say they prefer not to disclose their sexual orientation (7.5% vs 0.9%). More LGB than heterosexual respondents indicated they would be less likely to disclose their true sexual orientation in a face-to-face interview than in a self-administered, online survey.[31]


A representative survey of 238,206 Britons, exclusive to their categories, found 1% identified as gay or lesbian and 0.5% said they were bisexual. A further 0.5% self-identified as "other", and 3% responded as "do not know" or refused to answer.[32] In total this adds up to 5% of people who do not identify as heterosexual, or alternatively 98.5% who do not identify as either gay, lesbian or bisexual. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the gay equality charity Stonewall stated: "This is the first time that people were asked and data collection happened on doorsteps or over the phone, which may deter people from giving accurate responses - particularly if someone isn't openly gay at home." Stonewall worked with 600 major employers and their experience had shown that these statistics increased when people were regularly asked about sexual orientation as part of general monitoring information.


The Integrated Household Survey,[33] produced by the Office of National Statistics, gives the following figures for the period April 2011 to March 2012:

93.9 per cent of adults identified themselves as Heterosexual/Straight. 1.1 per cent of the surveyed UK population, approximately 545,000 adults, identified themselves as Gay or Lesbian. 0.4 per cent of the surveyed UK population, approximately 220,000 adults, identified themselves as Bisexual. 0.3 per cent identified themselves as "Other". 3.6 per cent of adults stated "Don't know" or refused to answer the question. 0.6 per cent of respondents provided "No response" to the question. 2.7 per cent of 16- to 24-year-olds in the UK identified themselves as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual compared with 0.4 per cent of 65-year-olds and over.

by Anonymousreply 5810/10/2015

[quote]Obviously this does not square with the latest polls that most British youth say they are NOT heterosexual. It's just a lie, delivered the old fashioned way. And we told you it was a lie. And we told and we told and you refused to believe us. But we were right.

Yup. In the Yougov poll, by the way, 10 percent of men identified as gay. In online surveys, the percentage of men self-idenfying as gay or bi is easily above 5%. As Yougov said, OP's survey is a face-to-face interview, carried out at the interviewee's home, filled out at the presence of other housemates, or sometimes by other members of the household.

Also, it's interesting to notice that, even if the percentage of gay/bi people is small and not increasing, the percentage of people self-identifying as straight is decreasing. It fell from 93.9% in the 2011 survey to 92.8% now. The problem is that, even if people are now hinting they're not straight, they're not outright admitting to gayness or bisexuality - instead, they're identifying as 'Other', 'Don't Know', or refusing to respond to the sexual orientation question. In online or even telephone-surveys, where there's more privacy to answer such questions, the share of people identifying as LGB is much larger than that of F2F surveys, and the percentage of people identifying as Other or not giving a clear answer is smaller.

by Anonymousreply 5910/13/2015

Pollster Harris Interactive has noticed that the methodology used has a large impact on the share of the population identifying as LGBT, and for this reason, has decided to carry out only internet surveys for this subject:

[quote]"Online research allows respondents to complete surveys with anonymity and privacy, so respondents are often more comfortable sharing their experiences and concerns. In an Election 2000 survey, we tracked the incidence of GLBT and fount that about 6% of our sample classified themselves as being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Conversely, when using an in-person with a blind envelope, only 4% identified as GLBT and when using a telephone survey-only 2% identified themselves."

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by Anonymousreply 6010/13/2015

Even in the UK the yougov poll had 89% saying they best described themselves as heterosexual, even if not 100% and even amongst 18-24 year olds 83% still best described themselves as heterosexual. 17% said they had actually had sex with a member of the same sex, 81% had not, amongst 18 to 24 year olds 23% had had sex with a member of the same sex, 74% had not

by Anonymousreply 6110/13/2015

people avoid stigmatized identities unless they have no choice

by Anonymousreply 6210/17/2015

[quote]people avoid stigmatized identities unless they have no choice

Absolutely. I think that's why so many straight kids are identifying as gay/bi these days and skewing the results. I mean, who wants to be seen as a boring old straight nowadays? Urgh!

by Anonymousreply 6310/17/2015

London of course ... the unwanted flee to big cities

by Anonymousreply 6410/17/2015

Britain has a well known and long history of closeted men marrying women and it continues to this day. NONE of them would admit to anything other than straight --- even if they were reached in some ridiculous survey like this.

by Anonymousreply 6510/17/2015

In American countries Europe is regarded as very open-minded and very evolved in these matters, but apparently stigma against homosexuality still prevails in many countries.

by Anonymousreply 6610/21/2015
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