One-third of young people aren’t straight, new study shows

Dozens of people cheer and dance as they take part in the Namibian Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) community pride Parade in the streets of the Namibian Capitol on July 29, 2017 in Windhoek. Even though there have been marches and protests against discrimination against the LGBT community in the past years, this is the first time that the community held such a parade along the capital's main street, Independence Avenue, to celebrate their identity and rights. / AFP PHOTO / Hildegard Titus (Photo credit should read HILDEGARD TITUS/AFP/Getty Images)

Only two-thirds of young British people define themselves as completely straight, a new survey has revealed.

In the BBC study, 14 percent of 16-22-year-olds said they were “mostly” attracted to the ‘opposite sex,’ while nine percent equally attracted to both sexes.

Three percent reported only being attracted to the same sex, with another three percent saying they were mostly attracted to the same sex.


The survey laid out gender as a binary construct based on sex – men and women, and nothing in between – rather than a spectrum.

Just 66 percent of participants identified as strictly heterosexual.

This was a dramatic shift compared to Baby Boomers, 88 percent of whom identified as completely straight.

3,007 people were surveyed by polling company Ipsos Mori, including Baby Boomers (1960-1980), Gen Xers (1961-1981), Millennials (1980s to early ‘90s), and Gen Zers (1990s-mid 2000s).

The younger the participants were, the higher the percentage of those who identified as bisexual, the report showed.


24 percent of respondents from Gen Z reported being mainly attracted to the ‘opposite sex’ or equally attracted to both sexes.

18 percent of millennials and eight percent of Gen-Xers reported this.

Of Baby Boomers, only one percent reported attraction to both men and women.

In the LGBT+ community, bisexual people make up the largest segment.

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