ONS Report Shows 45% Increase In Bi Identities

The Office of National Statistics has released data that shows a 45% increase in young people identifying as bisexual in three years.

The Office of National Statistics has updated the Sexual Identity Statistical Bulletin with data collected from the Annual Population Survey of 2015.

It reports that 1.7% of adults in the UK identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual, comprising 1.1% who identified themselves as gay or lesbian and 0.6% who identified themselves as bisexual. A further 0.4% of the population identified themselves as “Other”. Significantly, 4.1% replied with ‘do not know’ or refused their answer.

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The number of people openly identifying as bisexual rose from 230,000 in 2012 to 334,000 in 2015, a 45% increase.

The results echo those of last years’ YouGov survey which found that half of young people (and almost a quarter of the total population) define themselves as something other than 100 per cent heterosexual.

Elizabeth from the Bisexual Index told us, “with bisexual visibility increasing and homophobia less acceptable, it’s not surprising that rising numbers of young people feel comfortable enough to be openly bisexual or queer. We also know, though, that only around 28% of bisexuals do feel that way, and most stay in the closet. The true number of bi people in the UK is still unknown”.

 

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Libby Baxter-Williams

Libby is a 30-something Londoner, who spends more time reading picture books than is seemly. She became a bi activist entirely by accident, but now she can't imagine living any other way. In the event of an emergency, she'll have a large gin and tonic, thanks.
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