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Online guidance for Scotland’s Census 2021 question testing

Q7. Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation?

■  This question is voluntary.

■   Answer only if you are aged 16 or over.

■   Select one box only.

Straight / Heterosexual          

Gay or Lesbian


Other sexual orientation, please write in:



How do I answer this question?

This question is voluntary. You do not have to answer it if you do not wish to.

Select only one response.

You may choose from the following options:

  • Straight or Heterosexual
  • Gay or Lesbian
  • Bisexual

If your answer is not listed, you can choose ‘Other sexual orientation’ and enter your answer, for example, asexual, pansexual or questioning.

I am answering for someone else. How do I answer?

If you’re answering on behalf of someone else, where possible you should ask them how they would answer. If they’re away, and you do not know how they would respond, please do not answer this question.

Who should answer this question?

This question should be answered by people aged 16 and over.

Why is this question asked?

A person’s sexual orientation affects the services they require and your answer to this question allows providers to plan and design services based.