The proportion of young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual has increased, ONS figures show.
Some 3.3% of 16- to 24-year-olds in the UK – about 242,000 people – identified as LGB in 2015, up from 2.8% in 2014.
The increase was mainly driven by a rise in that age group of those identifying as bisexual, up from 1.3% in 2014 to 1.8% last year.
The Office for National Statistics’ sexual identity data comes from its Annual Population Survey.
The ONS said sexual identity was one part of the concept of “sexual orientation”, which does not necessarily reflect sexual attraction or sexual behaviour.
Other findings showed:
- Across the entire population 93.7% identified as heterosexual, and 1.7% did so as LGB – an increase from 1.6% in 2014
- The remainder either identified as “other”, “don’t know” or refused to respond
- The lowest proportion of LGB people was among over-65s (0.6%) – the same as in 2014
- Northern Ireland has the highest national proportion of LGB people (1.9%), followed by England (1.8%) and Scotland and Wales (1.6%)
- London has the highest regional proportion of LGB people (2.6%) with the east of England having the lowest (1.2%)
- More men (2.0%) than women (1.5%) identified as LGB
- Among men, 1.6% identified as gay and 0.5% as bisexual while 0.7% of women identified as lesbian and 0.8% as bisexual
The ONS currently does not measure sexual attraction or sexual behaviour.
Some 320,000 are polled each year for the Annual Population Survey, from which individual reports are published throughout the year.