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Table 1 Percentage of Australia’s adult population by sexual identity and sex

From: What is the size of Australia’s sexual minority population?

Survey GSS HILDA HILDA Average
Year of survey 2014 2012 2016 All
Ages 18 + 18 + 18 + 18 +
Females     %
 Lesbian 1.31 0.97 1.00 1.09
 Bisexual 1.14 1.29 1.90 1.44
 Other 0.71 0.74 1.11 0.85
 Total sexual minority 3.15 3.00 4.01 3.39
 Heterosexual 96.02 90.53 89.47 92.01
 Don’t know 0.26 0.83 1.19 0.76
 Refused/not stated 0.57 5.63 5.33 3.84
Males     %
 Gay 1.72 1.94 2.24 1.97
 Bisexual 0.63 0.81 1.09 0.84
 Other 0.44 0.89 0.89 0.74
 Total sexual minority 2.79 3.63 4.21 3.56
 Heterosexual 96.22 91.31 90.99 92.84
 Don’t know 0.36 1.00 1.36 0.91
 Refused/not stated 0.63 4.06 3.44 2.71
Total     %
 Lesbian/gay 1.52 1.45 1.61 1.53
 Bisexual 0.89 1.05 1.50 1.15
 Other 0.56 0.81 1.00 0.79
 Total sexual minority 2.97 3.31 4.11 3.46
 Heterosexual 96.12 90.91 90.21 92.41
 Don’t know 0.31 0.92 1.28 0.84
 Refused/not stated 0.60 4.86 4.40 3.29
  1. Percentages were calculated from weighted survey data. Relative standard errors are provided in the Additional file 1 accompanying this paper