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Survey: One in two young Brits say they are not 100% straight

Survey: One in two young Brits say they are not 100% straight

49% of 18-24 year olds identify as gay or bisexual.

One in two young Brits do not identify as 100% straight, a new study has found.

Pollster YouGov asked 1,632 people to plot their sexuality on the Kinsey scale, where 0 is exclusively straight and 6 is exclusively gay.

Twenty-three per cent of respondents chose a number other than 0, and that figure rose to 49% among 18-24 year olds.

Taken as a whole, 72% of Brits place themselves at the completely straight end of the scale, while 4% put themselves at the completely gay end – 19% say they are somewhere in between.

The research noted that people of all generations now accept the idea that sexual orientation exists along a continuum, rather than a binary choice. Overall, 60% of straight people and 73% of gay people support this idea.

‘With each generation, people see their sexuality as less fixed in stone,’ it reads.

‘The results for 18-24 year-olds are particularly striking, as 43% place themselves in the non-binary area between 1 and 5 and 52% place themselves at one end or the other. Of these, only 46% say they are completely heterosexual and 6% as completely homosexual.’