In England and Wales, around 262,000 people (0.5%) said they had gender identity different from their sex registered at birth and around 1.5 million people (3.2%) identified as LGB+, new census data reveals.
Voluntary questions about sexual orientation and gender identity were asked for the first time to residents in England and Wales aged 16 and over.
Overall, 94% of the population answered the question on gender identity and 92.5% of the population answered the question on sexual orientation.
In total, 3.2% of people in England and Wales identified as LGB+ and 89.4% identified as straight or heterosexual.
Around 1.5% described themselves as gay or lesbian, 1.3% described themselves as bisexual and 0.3% selected “Other sexual orientation”.
A much smaller proportion of England and Wales was made up of people who identified as a gender different to their sex registered at birth.
In total, 93.5% of people indicated that their gender identity was the same as their sex registered at birth and 0.5% indicated that their gender identity was different.
Around 0.2% of people indicated that their gender identity was different from their sex registered at birth but did not specify their gender identity, 0.10% identified as a trans man, 0.10% also identified as a trans woman, 0.06% identified as non-binary and 0.04% wrote in a different gender identity.