THE number of lesbian, gay or bisexual people in the UK has passed a million for the first time, official figures say.
The rise is fuelled largely by 16 to 24-year-olds, with one in 25 describing themselves as non-straight.
It was the only age group to have more bisexuals (2.4 per cent) than lesbian or gay (1.7 per cent) — giving a total LGB figure of 4.1 per cent.
That compares to two per cent of all adults, but just 0.7 per cent of people aged 65 and over, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The ONS said: “Younger people could be more likely to explore their sexuality, combined with more social acceptability of sexual identities today and ability to express these.”
London remained the region with the highest proportion of LGB — up 0.1 per cent to 2.7 per cent.
The figures show 2.3 per cent of male adults said they were LGB, compared with 1.6 per cent of females.
Overall, 0.5 per cent said they were “other”, meaning they did not consider themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight.
The figures are based on data from the Annual Population Survey, which measures sexual identity but does not necessarily reflect attraction or behaviour.
Gay rights group Stonewall warned many people were still too frightened to identify themselves publicly as LGBT.
A spokesman said: “It is vital to recognise the discrimination and abuse that still exists.”
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