Number of pansexuals on 2021 Census more than halved after ‘error’ spotted

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11/03/2023

In a statistical release on Wednesday (1 November), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shared corrected numbers for those who identified as pansexual. The ONS stated some responses to the sexual orientation question – which was asked for the first time in the 2021 Census – which should have been coded to ‘all other sexual orientations’ but instead were incorrectly coded to ‘pansexual’. At the time of the original publication, the ONS said there were 112,400 people who said they were pansexual (0.23 per cent of the population) and 10,200 ticked they had an ‘other’ sexuality. The correct figures now stand at 48,000 for the pansexual population and 74,600 for those who identify under ‘all other sexual orientations’.

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