Census 2021 outputs: content design and release phase proposals

Closes 5 Oct 2021

3a: Sexual orientation and gender identity

We asked the questions on sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in 2021. The questions were voluntary, and we only asked these questions to those who were aged 16 years and older.

We’re developing a more detailed classification using the write-in responses from the Census 2021 questionnaire. Because of the small numbers of people likely to be in each category within a more granular classification, we’re considering how best to output this data.

The information you provide will be used to further develop our plans for releasing data and analysis on these questions, including the development of more detailed classifications.  Please provide as much detail as possible to justify your data needs.  For example, what policy or planning decisions would the data or analysis effect?  

Proposed classifications for sexual orientation and gender identity questions

We propose to produce variables representing the response options in these questions, subject to the data passing statistical disclosure control assessments once the final data are available.  Because of the small size of some of these groups we are unlikely to publish the data at Output Area (OA) level.

For sexual orientation the proposed classification is:

  • Straight or heterosexual
  • Gay or lesbian
  • Bisexual
  • Other
     

For gender identity, the proposed classification is:

  • Yes: Gender identity is the same as sex registered at birth
  • No: Gender identity is different to sex registered at birth

In both cases, there would be a further ‘not stated’ category, which would include any responses that could not be coded and those respondents who did not answer. In line with how we’ve previously treated the voluntary question on religion, we will not impute answers to these questions.

Which of the proposed sexual orientation and gender identity variable classifications meet your needs?

Select all that apply

Please rank the following factors in order of importance in relation to your needs for sexual orientation information.

‘1’ is most important, and ‘4’ is least important. If a factor is not important at all, please respond ‘Not important’

Please rank the following factors in order of importance in relation to your needs for gender identity information.

‘1’ is most important, and ‘4’ is least important. If a factor is not important at all, please respond ‘Not important’

Do our plans for producing census analysis products on sexual orientation and gender identity meet your needs?

These plans are detailed in the Census 2021 analysis programme proposals (PDF, 504.8KB) document.