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3.4% of Americans identify as non heterosexual according to new data

3.4% of Americans identify as non heterosexual according to new data

The US Census Bureau has this month published data on the sexual orientations of the American people for the first time in its 57 year history.

The bureau found 1.6% of adults aged 18 or over were prepared to say that they were gay.

Another 0.7% identified as bisexual, while another 1.1% refused to answer the question, identified as something other than bisexual, gay or heterosexual, or were unsure.

The total percentage of respondees that were prepared to say they were something other than heterosexual was 3.4%.

It is unknown how many of those who answered the survey were in the closet or in denial.

The data was released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday which had previously estimated the LGBTI community to make up between 3.4% and 4% of the US population.

The CDC say they hope the data will help researchers address better health outcomes among LGBTI people.