Gay singer Will Young has been voted the best role model for young gay, lesbian and bisexual people in an online poll.

The poll, conducted by gay rights charity Stonewall, asked 1,003 of its supporters to vote on a selection of gay British music personalities.

Young came first with 58 per cent of the vote, while Alison Goldfrapp came second.

Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke was third, followed by Joe McElderry, who recently came out. Lady Sovereign was ranked fifth.

Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: “Young people involved with Stonewall tell us that role models help them overcome the homophobic bullying that’s rife in Britain’s schools.

“Pop culture is hugely influential to young people so it’s encouraging to see more openly lesbian, gay and bisexual British pop stars.

“Joe McElderry is already recognised as a role model so the scene is now set for him to become every bit as popular with young gay people as Will Young.”