The Office for National Statistics in the United Kingdom recently released findings that suggest only about 1.5% UK citizens openly identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The sexual orientation question which generated these figures was added to the Integrated Household Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics in 2009. Figures are the preliminary results of 450,000 survey participants, ages 16 and older, and will not be finalized until further assessment has been conducted.
Ben Summerskill, CEO of Stonewall, a UK gay rights charity, emphasized that the findings are likely influenced by the “out” status of many respondents, as surveys were conducted on the telephone or on the doorstep of people’s homes, where not all individuals may feel comfortable answering honestly.
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