According to the Office of National Statistics, the number of straight people in the UK is declining.
New figures have revealed the number of people over the age of 16 who identify as straight or heterosexual dropped from 94.4% in 2012 to 93.2% in 2017.
This means a jump of around 950,000 (1.5%) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in 2012 to 1.1 million (2%) in 2017.
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The remaining percentages account for those identifying as ‘other’ or ‘do not know or refuse’ options for the question of sexuality.
London had the highest proportion of openly LGB people, at 2.6 percent, with just 1.5 percent of respondents in the East and North East saying they were queer.
Stonewall’s director of campaigns, policy and research, Paul Twocock, told The Guardian that the statistics could not be seen as fully accurate.
“LGB people still aren’t able to be open about their sexual orientation with friends, family and colleagues,” said Twocock.
“We know that only half of lesbian, gay and bi people (46 percent) feel able to be open about their sexual orientation to everyone in their family, and nearly one in five LGB people (18 percent) aren’t open about their identity with anyone at work.”
He continued: “We’re pleased the government plan to include questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2021 census, which will give an even more reliable indication of the size and location of the LGBT population in the UK.”