Public Health England Explores LGB Stats

Public Health England has published a review of estimates of the number of bisexual, lesbian and gay people in the country. They find the LGB population of England to be somewhere between 1.3m and 3.2m people.

Previously government’s best estimate was the 6% which the Department of Trade and Industry concocted in 2003 and was used in planning for the socioeconomic impact of civil partnerships a little over a decade ago. Meanwhile the ONS has estimated a number closer to 1.5% of the population.

In trying to give an authoritative estimate of the number of LGB people, PHE collates data from 15 nationwide surveys and suggests the total is somewhere between 2.5% and 5.9% — quite a wide range of possible numbers — while noting that local variation can be wide: in Brighton that figure rises to 9.9% and in Lambeth 10%. Neighbouring areas vary widely: Salford’s 4.6% LGB population neighbours Bolton’s 1.8%.

It’s not just about geography though, as the report notes: “Stratification by age, gender and ethnicity (based on the distribution of the broadest survey; the GP Patient Survey 2015), indicates that the proportion of self-identified LGB is highest in men, younger age groups, and mixed/multiple or other ethnic groups”

We see that writ large in surveys focusing on the B in LGB — though with a female rather than male skew.

Read the full report and methodology here.