Reliable data on the proportion of the population that is lesbian, gay or transgender will be gathered for the first time in next year’s census, with members of the public asked to provide information about their sexual orientation and gender identity.
The questions – which will be voluntary and for people aged 16 and over – will help to build a clearer picture for policy-makers and service-providers, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.
“Without robust data on the size of the LGBT population at a national and local level, decision-makers are operating in a vacuum, unaware of the extent and nature of disadvantage which LGBT people may be experiencing in terms of health, educational outcomes, employment and housing,” Iain Bell, the ONS deputy national statistician, told the Observer.
The question begging being, well, that assumption that there is a disadvantage being suffered by LGBT in terms of health, educational outcomes, employment and housing.
Employment for example, gay men earn – on average, on average – less than het men. The usual route is thought to be they’re less likely to have children and thus under less pressure to earn. Lesbians, on the other hand, earn more than het women. The lack of children and childcare being the supposed reason there. So, advantage or disadvantage?