Last updated
25 Jan 2022

Which of the following describes your sexual orientation?

How do I answer this question?

Select only one response.

If your answer is not listed, choose ‘Other sexual orientation’ and describe your sexual orientation.

This question is voluntary. This means you only have to answer it if you want to.

I am answering for someone else. How do I answer?

If you are answering for someone else, where possible you should ask them how they want to answer.

If they are away, and you do not know how they would respond, do not answer this question.

Answering individual questions in private

Any member of the household aged 16 or over can use an individual questionnaire to provide answers in private. They can do this either online using an Internet Access Code or on paper.

If a person chooses to complete an individual questionnaire:

  • they must still be included as a household member on the household questionnaire
  • we will use answers from individual questionnaires if they are different from those on the household questionnaire
  • the household will not be informed of the request to complete an individual questionnaire
  • they have a legal responsibility to complete it

You can find out more about completing an individual questionnaire.


Your census return will be kept secure and will be confidential for 100 years.

It is against the law for anybody who works on the census to make public any personal details from the census during the 100 year period.

You can find out more about how we store and use information.

Why is this question asked?

It is important to capture this information. Your answer to this question allows organisations like third sector and local authorities to design services to meet the needs of your community.

It also supports efforts to make sure people are treated fairly and promote a more equal society.

Who should answer this question?

This question should be answered for everybody who is aged 16 or over, but is voluntary. This means you only have to answer it if you want to.

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Do not include personal information or contact information. Please note that we will not respond directly to any feedback sent from this page. We will use this information to improve our service.