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1 in 20 adults identify as LGBT+ in major social survey – Media release

12 November 2021

According to the latest annual Household Economic Survey, about 1 in 20 adults in Aotearoa (4.2 percent) identified as being LGBT+, Stats NZ said today.

Of the total adult population, 0.8 percent identified as transgender or another gender/non-binary (that is, had a gender that is different from their sex recorded at birth) and 3.7 reported being a sexual identity other than heterosexual (gay or lesbian, bisexual, or another sexual identity).

The Household Economic Survey (HES) for the year ended June 2020 was the first HES to reflect inclusive questions on gender and sexual identity.

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