By Kerry Mcqueeney
Last updated at 12:34 AM on 1st October 2011
They’re already known for their straight-talking, but now it would appear that Geordies are the straightest in the country when it comes to their sexuality, new research has revealed.
While London is the ‘gayest’ place in the UK – with the highest number of openly-homosexual residents – almost 96 per cent of residents in the north east of the country say they are heterosexual, says a new survey.
According to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), just 0.7 per cent of residents in the north east admitted to being gay or lesbian while 0.4 per cent of those questioned said they were bisexual.
A total of 95.9 per cent of Geordies questioned said they were straight, while 0.4 per cent said they weren’t sure.
In London, 90.6 per cent of those questioned said they were straight, with 1.8 per cent admitting they were gay, 0.7 per cent bisexual.
Those living in the south west of England were thought to have the most bisexual residents, with 0.9 per cent of those surveyed identifying themselves as liking both men and women.
Across the UK, 94 per cent of adults identified themselves as heterosexual, while 1 per cent of the surveyed population – about 490,000 adults – identified themselves as gay or lesbian. Many of those surveyed who said they were homosexual were young people, the annual Integrated Household Survey, which was carried out by the ONS.
Approximately 239,000 adults – 0.5 per cent of the surveyed population – said they were bisexual.
According to the data, 3.6 per cent of those questioned said they ‘didn’t know’ what their sexuality was.
Matthew Todd, editor of gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, told the Daily Star: ‘There is a trend for people refusing for be put in a box. There are so many lifestyle choices it’s understandable if people are confused.
‘It still isn’t entirely socially acceptable to be gay, so there will be young people who have yet to reach that conclusion themselves, or don’t feel comfortable identifying themselves as gay.’
The ONS research also revealed three Britons count themselves as Christian for every one non-believer and nearly seven in ten said they were Christian, even if they never go to church.
Fewer than a quarter said they had no religion and only one in 12 follows another religion.
Critics have cast doubt on the statistics, with some gay rights groups claiming many people were still too afraid to come out. Some experts believe the true number for Britain’s gay population stands at between 5 and 7 per cent.