6 Jan 2023

What the census tells us about the LGBTQ+ population

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

The census has revealed the size of England & Wales’s LGBT+ populations for the first time.

While over 43 million people say they’re straight or heterosexual, 1.5 million say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or have another sexual orientation.

And a quarter of a million have a different gender identity to their sex registered at birth.

The 2021 census was the first to ask people about their sexual orientation and gender identity.