Brighton and Hove has the largest number of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in England, according to latest Census data.

The 2021 Census has revealed data about the sexual orientation and gender identity of people living in England and Wales.

The figures provide a snapshot of the sexuality of people from across the country on the day of the Census - March 21, 2021.

More than one in ten (10.73 per cent) residents of Brighton and Hove identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or another sexual orientation excluding heterosexual - the highest proportion in England and Wales.

The lowest proportion of LGB+ people in Sussex was recorded in Wealden, with just 2.29 per cent.

Around one per cent of Brighton and Hove residents aged 16 and over said they had a gender identity different from their sex registered at birth, with 0.35 per cent identifying as non-binary - the highest proportion in England and Wales.

The Census classified people who did not identity as heterosexual as LGB+, which includes, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, as well as pansexuals, asexuals and people who identify as queer.

Some 1.5 million people across England and Wales identified with an LGB+ sexual orientation in the Census, making up 3.2 per cent of the population aged 16 and over.

It is the first time figures on sexual orientation and gender identity have been included in the Census, with people aged 16 and over asked to provide this information on a voluntary basis.

ONS director Jen Woolford described the data was “crucial” and said: “It will ensure decision-makers have the best information so they can better understand the extent and nature of disadvantage which people may be experiencing in terms of educational outcomes, health, employment and housing.

“This is just the first snapshot; in future analysis, we will be exploring sexual orientation and gender identity by key demographic variables, such as age and sex, as well as employment, health, education and ethnicity, among others.”

While Brighton and Hove was the local area with the highest proportion of people with an LGB+ sexual orientation, the region with the highest percentage was London, at 4.3 per cent.