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Average British person knows more gays than lesbians

Average British person knows more gays than lesbians

The average British person knows more gay men than lesbian women, a new poll has revealed.

Statistics show the average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 lesbian women. The poll only focused on these two aspects of the LGBTI community.

The information was gathered by independent polling agency YouGov in a survey aiming to find a reasonable number for how many gays and lesbians there are in the UK. 

No official data exists as to how many gays and lesbians there are in the UK, but some groups, such as gay equality group Stonewall and the UK government, say a figure of 6% of the population being LGB is a sensible estimation.

On average, more women know lesbians than men do. However, in both cases both men and women said they know a higher proportion of gay men than lesbian women.

The average UK man knows 6.0 gay men and 2.7 lesbian women whereas the average UK woman knows 5.0 gay men and 3.4 lesbian women.

Within the LGBTI community, there is a much bigger difference between how many people know gays compared to lesbians.

Figures showed the average LGBTI person knows 21.6 gay men compared to 10.3 lesbian women.

The survey also shows a geographical difference in the numbers of gays and lesbians the average person knows in the UK.

Londoners know a higher number of gay men than anywhere else in the UK, 8.5 on average. London and Scotland have the same number of people who know lesbians, as the average person knows 3.6 lesbians in London and Scotland.

Across the UK the average person knows 4.8 to 5.5 gay men, whereas they know significantly less lesbian women, with the averages ranging from 2.5 to 3.6 lesbian women known to the average heterosexual Brit.