According to new official estimates, the number of people referring to themselves as “bisexual” has jumped a staggering 45% in just three years.
This is all according to figures from the Office for National Statistics, which shows that more young people than ever in the UK are identifying as bisexual.
What’s also interesting, is that the figures show a shift in attitudes towards sexuality, with increasing amounts of people viewing sexuality as a spectrum rather than a hardline black or white issue.
According to the results from the ONS’s Annual Population Survey (APS), just 1.7% of the population identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. However, it’s important to keep in mind that LGBT groups have long argued that such research is, by it’s very nature, likely to significantly underestimate the true level.
Regardless of this concern, the ONS has said that the 45% rise is very clearly statistically significant. Overall, they estimate that the number of people who are openly bisexual in the UK went from 230,000 in 2012 to 334,000 at the time of the most recent population survey last year.
We also saw a small rise in the number of people identifying as gay or lesbian, but it was a rather modest increase of 8.3% in that time to 586,000. 206,000 people said “other”, and the equivalent to 2.2 million didn’t answer one way or the other.
Combined, this means that 6.2%, or 3.3 million people if the proportion was repeated across the whole population over the age of 16, identified as something other than heterosexual.
Overall 1.8 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds said they were bisexual, which is up from 1.3 per cent a year earlier. That compares with 1.5% who said they were gay or lesbian.
In 2015, 2.6% of Londoners identified themselves as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual, the highest of any English region https://t.co/6FPv44bvCk
— ONS (@ONS) October 5, 2016