Homosexuals in the United Kingdom 2017, by age

This statistic shows the proportion of people in the United Kingdom who described themselves as homosexual in a 2017 survey, by age group. People of younger ages were more likely to identify themselves as being gay, with 1.9 percent among 16-24 year olds, as opposed to 0.4 percent in the 65 years or older group.

Proportion of self-reported homosexuals in the United Kingdom in 2017, by age group

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Release date

January 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

These statistics are currently considered 'experimental' by the source.
ONS defines 'no response' as no data provided to the question by an eligible responder.
Face-to-face and telephone interviews were used. During the face to face interviews, respondents were asked; ‘Which of the options on this card best describes how you think of yourself?’ For telephone interviews, the interview said ‘I will now read out a list of terms that people use to describe how they think of themselves’. The list was read out to the respondents twice. On the second reading, the respondent had to say ‘stop’ when an appropriate term they identified with was read out. In both modes, the order in which the terms appeared or were read out was unique for each respondent to ensure confidentiality.
*Approximate number of respondents.

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