The England and Wales Census 2021 is taking place on the 21st March. This year is the first time ever the Census will ask you voluntary questions about your sexual orientation and gender identity.
These latest questions represent a valuable opportunity to ensure that LGBTQ+ communities are counted and is a huge deal that you may not have heard about! These questions within 2021 Census can have significant impact on the future support and recognition from both Government and public bodies/services.
The 2021 Census is a once in a decade opportunity that should not be wasted. We're calling on LGBTQ+ communities to respond to the census and be #ProudToBeCounted.
Why is it so Important to Respond to the Census?
Currently within England and Wales, there are no robust figures on the number of LGBT+ people. Any existing estimates vary significantly depending on the source of data. This also includes a huge lack of data on the size of minoritised groups within LGBT+ communities, such as the number of LGBT+ people of colour.
This unfortunately results in many LGBTQ+ people's experiences and inequalities affecting our communities being not truly recognised by UK Government and public bodies/services, which overall means LGBTQ+ people are missing out as a result.
Due to this significant lack of data, it becomes very hard to recognise and respond to the needs and requirements of the LGBTQ+ community whilst also making it much easier to downplay persistent LGBTQ+ inequalities, including those that disproportionately affect LGBT people with intersecting identities.
What is Census Information Used For?
With so much talk recently on the Census, many may still struggle to understand what the Census is and why it is utilised.
Census information helps allocate money to local authorities:
The estimated size of populations and households in local authorities and other sub-national areas are used to allocate billions of pounds to local areas.
Census information used to develop policies:
For example, information about ethnicity helps to identify the extent and nature of disadvantage in the UK and is used to evaluate equal opportunities policies.
Census information used to plan and run public services:
For example, information about the age and socio-economic make-up of the population, general health, long-term illnesses and carers influences how health and social services are planned and run.
Need More Help or Support?
Brighton & Hove LGBTQ Switchboard are offering free 1-2-1 census telephone or video calls for LGBT people! You don't need to live in Brighton & Hove to access this support. Book today at