How to take part in the census if you're LGBT+ but not out

The census is a survey that takes place every 10 years, giving a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. The next census is taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

The 2021 census is a historic one as it includes questions about LGBT+ identities for the first time, helping to paint a more accurate picture of the LGBT+ community in England and Wales. These questions are optional and will only be asked to people aged 16 and over.

Taking part in the census is your chance to help make sure you and your community get the services you need for the next 10 years and beyond.

If you live in Wales, read more about completing in Welsh.

If you live in Northern Ireland, visit the Northern Ireland Statistics Agency (NISRA) census website to find out how to take part in the census for Northern Ireland.

If you live in Scotland, visit the National Records of Scotland census website to find out how to take part in the census for Scotland.

How to take part if you're LGBT+ but not out to the people you live with

If you're LGBT+ and not out to the people you're living with – whether they are family, friends or flatmates – you can still take part without them seeing your answers.

You can request to fill out the census individually so others in your household can't see your answers – they won't be notified.

1. Go to and click 'Start Census'

2. Scroll down and click 'Need to answer separately from your household?' – this is what you'll see:

3. Click 'Request an individual access code' and you'll receive a code via text to your phone

Need more support with filling out the census?

If you're LGBT+ and need more support with filling out the census, the Switchboard charity in Brighton is providing census support for LGBT+ people over the phone and on Zoom.

You can get in touch on their website at

Good luck with filling out the census and congratulations on being part of an exciting moment in LGBT+ history!

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