Number of over-65s identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual rises for first time

The number of older people identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual (LGB) has increased for the first time, figures show. Proportions of people aged 65 and over in the UK who classed themselves as LGB increased from 0.7% in 2018 to 1% in 2019, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, the general trend towards lower proportions of LGB people in older age groups remained constant, with the youngest age group accounting for one-third of all LGB people in the UK. One in 15 people aged between 16 and 24 (6.6%) identified as LGB – an increase of 2.2 percentage points since 2018.