Sexual orientation and gender identity are included in the census for the first time to get a better picture of Britain

From Becky Johnson in Birmingham; Frazer Maude in Leeds and Emma Birchley in West London
A snapshot of life in most of the UK is taken today as millions of people complete the 2021 census

Every 10 years England, Wales and Northern Ireland host the census, which will be mainly online for the first time since it started in 1801. Scotland will take place next year

For the first time, there are questions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and whether you’ve served in the armed forces – although these are optional and remain anonymous

Sky News correspondents surveyed people from different parts of the UK to get a glimpse of what this year’s census results might look like and what affected people’s response

Khakan Quereshi, 51, from Birmingham, hopes the new sexual orientation and gender identity questions will help paint the first true picture of how many people are LGBT

“I was very happy and excited to receive the census this year because of the first mention of sexual orientation, gender identity and religion,” he said

“These are all voluntary questions you don’t have to answer, but I was really proud to be gay and Muslim because hopefully that means there is a real reflection of the society we live in.” / p>

“And people who do not necessarily like to join the community can remain anonymous and have an independent form sent to them

“This gives us a more precise indication of what services we will hopefully need so that services and funding will match

“I hope that more South Asians and ethnic minorities will also fill out the form as we continue to complain about lack of resources, but I hope that the impact of the census this year will make eternal changes all the better”

“I’ve been in the UK since 2012 and wanted to stay. I have my wife and young son who were born in the UK,” he said

“As I run a Polish business, most of the products come from Poland Prices have risen since Brexit and three have been a slight disruption in supplies

“Brexit did not convince me to go or to go I had a plan to stay in the UK for a long time It is only a matter of time before Brexit should return to normal”

“I have friends who left because of Brexit, but they came here to make money or find temporary work and had no plan to stay

“Maybe Brexit made them go faster, but at the end of the day those with long-term plans because of Brexit won’t go”

Anupa Roper, 42, from Leicestershire, was an elementary school teacher for 17 years but as a supply teacher found she was no longer needed when schools were closed to most students during the lockdown

“I stopped working because my school didn’t have any extra adults – they just had permanent staff,” she said

With no income, she was forced to find other jobs, started writing and working on a social media campaign

She said, “My identity, as well as my mother and wife, have always been primary school teachers and I’ve been thinking about what happened in the last year and what will change in the future

“I had to think about what to tick – I had to ask my husband what to take off and in the end I ticked ‘Self Employed’ and it felt really weird”

“Being a British Asian is challenging because you feel a little unusual, but then you also feel British because you are from there,” he said

“It has more to do with being British. Being a British citizen is all about Britain

“I was born here so of course I support the country I was born in. I feel very British

“I feel like a lot has changed in the last ten years. Many different cultures are now much more accepted here

“You see everywhere where people are influenced by different cultures from different regions, so that there is more acceptance everywhere”

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