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A further 0.5 per cent of the population identified themselves as “other”, while 4.1 per cent refused or did not know how to identify themselves.Responding to the figures, spokesperson from LGBT rights charity Stonewall said: “It is interesting to see more data being gathered on this issue.
She told “It was a lot easier to come out among my friends.
People aged 16 to 24 were most likely to identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual than any other age group, with 4.1 per cent of young people fitting into these categories – amounting to nearly one in 20 young people in the UK.
Campaigners said that while the figures suggested people were becoming more comfortable with reporting their sexuality in a survey, it was important to note that they may struggle to open up about their identity with friends, family or colleagues.
ONS researchers said this could be associated with the young age structure of the population that identify with these categories, and the fact that legal unions available to same-sex couples are relatively new.
The percentage of the UK population identifying as heterosexual or straight stood at 93.4 per cent in 2016.