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One In Ten Britons Is Gay

by | 27th, January 2008

ARE you gay?

Only one in 100 Britons would describe themselves as gay, according to the first government research into the nation’s sexuality.

A further one in 100 would call themselves bisexual – but both groups are outnumbered by those who say they are unwilling to discuss their private life with Whitehall researchers.

In the survey, some people failed to understand the question and gave answers including “female”, “normal”, “not active” and “I am OK with my sexuality”.


Statisticians spent two years considering the precise wording of the sexuality question, which was asked as part of a larger survey about lifestyle. In the end, they asked it in two different ways, each bringing different results.

Overall, 94.4 per cent of people surveyed described themselves as heterosexual or “straight”; one per cent said they were gay or lesbian; 0.9 per cent said they were bisexual; 0.6 per cent selected “other”; and three per cent ticked the box for “prefer not to say”.


Homosexual campaigners have claimed previously that as many as one in 10 of the population is gay. Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of the gay rights group Stonewall, believes the true figure to be about six per cent.

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