A study has revealed that an increasing number of Australians are identifying as gay.

Between 2006 and 2014, Roy Morgan Research (RMR) has asked almost 180,000 Australians to agree or disagree to the statement, “I consider myself a homosexual”.

The statistics show that the number agreeing has risen from 1 in 49 people (2.4%) in 2006-2008 to 1 in 29 (3.4%) in 2012-2014.

The major increase is in people aged between 20 and 29, where those prepared to admit to researchers they were gay climbed to 6.5% in the 2012-2014 data – up from 4.4% in 2006-2008.

7.6% of males in that age bracket agreed compared to 5.5% of females.

The numbers were comparatively lower in the higher age brackets but RMR CEO Michele Levine said that showed that older people were more cautious being open about their sexuality to strangers.

The rising rate across all age groups shows that people who consider themselves homosexual are becoming more open about it, which reflects increasing acceptance across society,” she said.


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