The figures come from the most comprehensive study ever undertaken into the geographical locations of the UK’s 2.4 million lesbians and are published in the November issue of Diva – the monthly’s 150th issue – which went on sale today.*photo of the map – via UKGayNews
Research reveals Britain’s top 20 lesbian hotspots, by postcode. These are London, Glasgow, Redhill, Manchester, Birmingham, Northern Ireland, Gloucester, Cardiff, Newcastle, Chelmsford, Brighton, Edinburgh, Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham, Reading, Coventry, Liverpool, Leicester and Peterborough.
The near-even spread of lesbians across the UK was not what Diva predicted.
Lesbians appear to be almost everywhere and a lot more thinly spread than we might think: most UK postcodes house between 0.2% and 1% of the lesbians in this survey, and it’s only in cities that upwards of 2% of the survey’s lesbians are found.
“The academic literature suggests that the lesbian population is not as concentrated [in major centres] as the gay male population,” said Darren Smith, an expert in the geography of population, at Brighton University.
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