Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (“ONS”) show that in 2019 there were 212,000 same-sex families in the UK, having increased by 40.0% since 2015. However the most recent statistics for the number of same-sex couples raising children remain those from 2013, when 12,000 couples were doing so.
In March 2015, government statistics for the previous year showed that on average more than 9 children per week were being adopted by LGBT parents, representing 14% of all adoptions.
ONS has confirmed that a voluntary question about gender identity will be included in the 2021 Census. This should enable a fuller appreciation of family diversity to be presented in the future.