New research reveals that the average age that people come out as gay, lesbian or bisexual has fallen by over 20 years in Britain.

The results come from an online poll conducted by LGBT rights group Stonewall, which surveyed 1,536 respondents

“People are coming out younger and younger,” said Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Deputy Director of Public Affairs. “Everyone should come out when they feel ready and confident but this is an encouraging trend and sends a positive message to anyone not yet out: you don’t have to wait. Britain is a fairer country than it once was, and support is available to you.”

The poll found that lesbian, gay and bisexual people aged 60 and over came out at 37 on average, people in their 30s came out at an average age of 21, while people aged 18 and under are coming out at 15 on average.

The results indicate that tackling the issue of anti-gay bullying and improving awareness of LGBT equality at schools is increasingly vital.

“Young people are coming out in schools across Britain right now. As lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils become more visible than ever, it’s essential schools make things better for them,” said Hunt.

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