0.3% have ‘other’ sexual preference
Thursday 3rd October 2013, 12:40PM BST.
Out of every 100,000 people in the UK, 300 describe their sexual preferences not as straight, gay or bisexual but as “other”, a poll has revealed.
A large survey of more than 340,000 people found that 0.3% would consider their sexuality to fall into this category, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
More than nine out of 10 (93.5%) people in the UK deem themselves to be heterosexual, according to the Integrated Household Survey from 2012.
The experimental data show that 1.1% of people would describe themselves as gay or lesbian and 0.4% consider themselves bisexual.
Meanwhile 4.7% of respondents gave no response or said they did not know.
The ONS said London had the highest proportion of adults who said they were gay, lesbian or bisexual and the East of England reported the lowest.
The report also said that people aged 16 to 24 were more likely to identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, with 2.6% categorising themselves in this way compared with 0.4% of adults aged 65 and over.