The Office for National Statistics is now collecting sexual identity estimates based on social survey data from the Annual Population Survey (APS) and has published it as a separate publication for the first time.
The questions collect information on self-perceived sexual identity from the household population aged 16 and over in the UK. This is defined as separate from sexual attraction. The data has tables by age, ethnicity, region, socio-economic status and marital status. Information on the methodology used is provided.
In 2015, the Annual Population Survey found 1.7% of adults in the UK identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB). Young people and those living in London were more likely to identify as LGB.