Survey reveals huge increase in the number of young people who identify as bisexual in the UK

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There has been a huge increase in young people identifying as bisexual (Getty)

A new survey has shown just how much the issue of sexuality is changing for young people in Britain.

According to YouGov, the number of 18-24 year olds who identify as bisexual is now eight times higher than it was four years ago.

The survey of 2,115 adults shows one in six people in this age group now describe themselves as bisexual - compared to just one in 50 in 2015.

It also found that the number of people identifying as ‘completely heterosexual’ - zero on the Kinsey scale - has dropped from 86% to 72%.

18 to 24 year olds are now eight times more likely to identify as bisexual (YouGov)
18 to 24 year olds are now eight times more likely to identify as bisexual (YouGov)

Brits are now slightly more likely to put themselves somewhere between the sexuality scale of 0-6, with nearly a quarter putting themselves somewhere between one and five - an increase from roughly a fifth in 2015.

Some 41% of those who identified themselves as heterosexual would not rule out having a same sex encounter “if the right person came along”, while 35% could conceive having a relationship with someone of the same sex.

The results of the survey come as the Government was urged to do more to combat sexual harassment of LGBT people in the workplace.

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An alliance of more than 20 organisations, including unions and campaign groups, called for changes to the law so employers have a legal duty to take preventative measures to ensure their workplaces are harassment-free.

The TUC said its research had found that more than two-thirds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been sexually harassed at work.

Around one in six said they left their job as a result of the sexual harassment and a similar number said it had caused them to avoid meeting people who were harassing them.

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The survey shows more people than ever identify as somewhere between the extremes of the sexuality spectrum (Getty)

The TUC said that under current law there is no legal duty on employers to take proactive action to prevent harassment in their workplaces, with the onus being on the victim to report any incidents.

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "It's a scandal that so many people experience sexual harassment while just trying to do their jobs.

"We've got to put a stop to this once and for all. Too many LGBT people are being sexually harassed at work and suffering in silence.”

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