Census reveals sexual orientation and gender identity in Harlow

News / Fri 6th Jan 2023 at 11:23am

FOR the first time in history, the England and Wales Census 2021 asked residents aged 16+ their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The results for Harlow are below.

Sexual orientation is an umbrella term covering sexual identity, attraction, and behaviour. For an individual respondent, these may not be the same. For example, someone in an opposite-sex relationship may also experience same-sex attraction, and vice versa. This means the statistics should be interpreted purely as showing how people responded to the question, rather than being about whom they are attracted to or their actual relationships.

A spokesperson for the ONS said: “The question on sexual orientation was new for Census 2021. We have previously collected data on sexual orientation through the Annual Population Survey (APS), but including the question on the census questionnaire enables a much more detailed understanding of sexual orientation in England and Wales. The data will meet the needs for better quality information on the LGB+ population (“gay or lesbian”, “bisexual” or “other sexual orientation”) for monitoring and supporting anti-discrimination duties under the Equality Act 2010.

“The question was voluntary and was only asked of people aged 16 years and over. People were asked “Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation?”. The different sexual orientations that people could choose from included:

  • straight or heterosexual
  • gay or lesbian
  • bisexual
  • other sexual orientation

If they selected “Other sexual orientation”, they were asked to write in the sexual orientation with which they identified.

“In total, 44.9 million people answered the question (92.5% of the population aged 16 years and over)”.

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6 Comments for Census reveals sexual orientation and gender identity in Harlow:

Mr Grumpy
2023-01-06 15:33:14

I do wish the world would stop labelling people based on race, colour, creed or sexual orientation. We are all human beings and should simply be left to get on with our lives !!!

James Griggs
2023-01-06 19:06:03

Mr Grumpy, in an ideal world nobody would be labelled in any way but, sadly, we are a long way from that position. It was important that this question was added to the census as the data should help inform the provision of many services across the UK. People who identify as LGBTQ+ may have different needs of some services. For example, Gay men are at greater risk of suicide than any other group, Transgender men and women are at greater risk of societal intolerance and abuse. Aside from the assistance this date can provide for service provision, the fact that there is greater recognition of sexual orientation and gender identity is to be welcomed and celebrated.

Mrs Grumpy
2023-01-06 23:52:11

Ok you've changed my mind !!!

2023-01-07 02:22:49

Actually according to the ONS, the demographic at greatest risk of suicide is middle aged men.

Iain Lindsay
2023-01-07 11:24:28

What a load of poppycock! A man has a penis, a woman has a vagina. No amount of surgery, which shouldn't be performed by the NHS is going to change that. The Labour Party may not be able to define what a woman is, but I and millions of others can.

2023-01-07 16:25:12

What about the Jedi’s……… It’s funny how people are always trying to change human nature for the “better”. I think that there is over a million years of evolution that says they won’t succeed.

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