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Britain maps out its gay capitals for the first time: A lot of LGBTI people live in rural areas

It turns out there's a lot of same-sex love in the countryside

Britain maps out its gay capitals for the first time: A lot of LGBTI people live in rural areas
Joe Morgan
There's a lot of love in the countryside

If you think LGBTI people only live in cities, you might be surprised to see many live in rural areas in the UK.

Rural areas like Devon and Cambridgeshire are nearly as popular as London, Brighton and Manchester, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS has published its research on the number of gay, lesbian and bisexual people who live Britain.

It found Cambridgeshire (1.8%) has the second highest population, with only Inner London (3.1%) have the most LGB people.

Brighton and Manchester also saw high numbers, alongside Devon and East Sussex.

Mat Price, co-founder of Proud2Be, told The Guardian: ”It might be that people are starting to feel like they can live in rural locations and not just in London, Brighton and Manchester, and maybe part of it is about feeling more confident to report it.’

The lowest populations of gay, lesbian and bisexual people were in North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Northamptonshire – all with 0.4%.

   


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