Young People Are More Likely to Identify as Bisexual Than Gay, New Study Says
More young people are identifying themselves as bisexual compared to gay or lesbian for the first time, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) in Britain found.
Among 16 to 24-year-olds, 1.8 per cent said they were bisexual, while 1.5 per cent said they were gay or lesbian.
It’s the first time there have been more bisexuals than homosexuals in any age group and the data provides further indications that with each generation, people appear to see their sexuality as more fluid and less set in stone.
In three years the number of British people defining themselves as bisexual has risen by 45 per cent, with the 2015 ONS Annual Population Survey (APS) estimating that 334,000 people in the UK openly identify as bisexual, compared to 230,000 in 2012.
A rise in the number of LGB figures in the public eyes has been partly credited for the rise, with people such as Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne being open about being attracted to both men and women.
When asked to plot themselves on a scale of sexuality, ranging from exclusively heterosexual to exclusively gay, 72 per cent of adults and 49 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 chose a position other than completely straight.
In all, more males (2 per cent) identified as LGB than females (1.5 per cent) in the recent ONS survey.