Young twice as likely to identify as gay or bisexual than older generations, government data shows

Young twice as likely to identify as gay or bisexual than older generations, government data shows

Men and women in their late teens and early 20s are twice as likely to identify as gay or bisexual as any other older generation, Office for National Statistics (ONS) data reveals.

 More than one in 25 men and women (4.2%) aged 16 to 24 said they were gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the first official breakdown of sexual orientation by age and gender.

 This is double the rate of 2% for all age groups and four times that of people in their 50s or aged over 65.

 ONS experts attributed the generational shift to younger people being more likely to explore their sexuality “combined with more social acceptability of sexual identities today and the ability to express these.”

Over the last five…

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