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How Many Gay People Are There In England? New Report Releases Estimate of LGB Population

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Written by Andrew Gould

Public Health England (PHE) has published a report, compiled by researchers from the Health Services Research team at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), estimating the size of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) population in England. The report estimates that 2.5 per cent of the population of England have self-identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, but this is likely to be an underestimate. "We have used the best available evidence to produce a robust estimate of the size of England's LGB population. Using this figure, health and social care organisations can better assess health outcomes by sexual orientation and demonstrate how they provide equal access for LGB individuals to their services," said Professor John Newton, Chief Knowledge Officer at PHE.

This analysis provides a robust estimate of the size of the LGB population and will support health and social care organizations to:
  • Address the current gaps in existing data and analysis relating to health outcomes and patient experience for LGB populations.
  • Understand inequalities in health and care outcomes for different populations in England. This would support targeted preventative and early intervention work to address health inequalities.
  • Demonstrate the provision of equitable access for LGB individuals.

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