For the first time in it’s 220 year history we have an opportunity to create a national picture of LGBT People by participating in the 2021 Census.
Since its inception, the census questionnaire has never collected information of sexual or gender identity. Previously it has only offered an individual the choice of recording themselves as either male or female and only heterosexual. This in turn has marginalised a section of the country’s population who identify as other than these two constructs.
In 2021 this has been addressed with the introduction of two voluntary questions on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity which were campaigned heavily for by many organisations and individuals in the LGBT community with the introduction of two voluntary questions on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity which were campaigned heavily for by many organisations and individuals in the LGBT community
The question on Sexual Orientation will provide better information on lesbian, gay and bi-sexual populations, while the gender identity question will provide data on the transgender community. This vital data will help organisations to combat inequalities that these groups may face and highlight where services and funding are needed.
The questions are voluntary, so no-one will be required to answer these if they do not wish to. A person can also request an individual Census questionnaire, thus giving that household member the anonymity to answer these questions separately.
The 2021 Census website is now live https://census.gov.uk
Census Contact centre for those living in England goes live March 1st: 0800 141 2021