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  • Release date: 31 January 2018
  • Period covered: 2016
An annual bulletin presenting data on sexual identity is produced by the Office for National Statistics from the Annual Population Survey. This bulletin includes headline figures for Wales.

The key points below are drawn from the latest bulletin as well as our additional analysis of a pooled dataset which combines 3 years of Annual Population Survey data.

Due to small sample sizes, care should be taken in interpreting these figures. The 'background information' tab explains what you should keep in mind when interpreting these results.

Key Points

  • In 2016, 95.2 per cent of people in Wales identified as heterosexual/straight, 1.0 per cent as gay/lesbian, 0.7 per cent as bisexual, and 0.4 per cent as other. Whereas 2.7 per cent of people did not know, answer or respond to the question.
  • Of those people in Wales who identified as gay/lesbian/bisexual, over two thirds (71.6 per cent) were between 16 and 45 years of age. This compares with under half (44.2 per cent) of the overall population.
  • Twice as many males as females identified as gay/lesbian whilst just under two thirds of people who identified as bisexual were females.
  • People who identified as gay/lesbian/bisexual were more likely to be single than married or in a civil partnership.
  • Of those people who identified as gay/lesbian/bisexual, 63.8 per cent lived in South East Wales (compared with 48.1 per cent of the overall population). Whereas 16.1 per cent lived in North Wales (compared with 22.5 per cent of the population).
  • People identifying as gay/lesbian/bisexual were four times as likely to live in a large town as opposed to a small town or village.


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