LGBT demographics of the United States

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LGBT adult percentage by state in 2012

The demographics of sexual orientation and gender identity in the United States have been studied in the social sciences in recent decades. In the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation, the NHIS reported in July 2014 that 1.6 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent identify as bisexual.[1] In a Williams Institute review based on an June–September 2012 Gallup poll, approximately 3.4 percent of American adults identify themselves as being LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender),[2] though that number has increased to 4.1% in 2016.[3] An earlier report published in April 2011 by the Williams Institute estimated that 3.8 percent of Americans identified as gay/lesbian, bisexual, or transgender: 1.7 percent as lesbian or gay, 1.8 percent as bisexual, and 0.3 percent as transgender.[4]

The Williams Institute did another survey in June 2016 and estimated that 0.6% of U.S. adults identify as transgender.[5] In the 2016 report the Williams Institute explained that the 2011 numbers were based on limited data from just 2 states, California and Massachusetts.[5] The 2016 study had "more state-level data sources with larger sample sizes and more detailed information about respondents.[5]

The 2011 Williams Institute report also states that 8.2 percent of Americans reported that they had engaged in same-sex sexual behavior, and 11 percent reported some same-sex attraction. Studies from several nations, including the U.S., conducted at varying time periods, have produced a statistical range of 1.2[4] to 6.8[6] percent of the adult population identifying as LGBT. Online surveys tend to yield higher figures than other methods,[6] a likely result of the higher degree of anonymity of Internet surveys, which elicit reduced levels of socially desirable responding.[7] The U.S. Census Bureau does not ask about sexual orientation in the United States Census.[8]

State-by-state summary[edit]

Pop.
Rank
 %
Rank
State or Territory 2015-2016 LGBT
Adult Percentage
Estimate[9]
2012 State
Total Population
Estimate[10]
2012 LGBT
Adult Population
Estimate
2000
Same-Sex Couple
Households[11]
2010
Same-Sex Couple
Households[12]
2000 to 2010
Couple Households
Growth[13]
2016 Transgender Adult Percentage Estimate[5]
1 10  California 4.9% 38,041,430 1,338,164 92,138 98,153 6.53% 0.76%
2 32  Texas 3.6% 27,860,000 579,968 42,912 46,401 8.13% 0.66%
3 14  New York 4.5% 19,570,261 570,388 46,490 48,932 4.05% 0.51%
4 23  Florida 4.2% 19,317,568 513,849 41,048 48,496 18.15% 0.66%
5 16  Illinois 3.9% 12,875,255 362,048 22,887 23,049 0.07% 0.51%
6 21  Ohio 3.8% 11,544,225 315,592 18,937 19,684 3.95% 0.45%
7 15  Michigan 3.8% 9,883,360 285,431 15,368 14,598 -5.0% 0.43%
8 22  Georgia 4.0% 9,919,945 263,870 19,288 21,318 10.52% 0.75%
9 44  Pennsylvania 3.6% 12,763,536 262,308 21,166 22,336 5.50% 0.44%
10 18  New Jersey 3.6% 8,864,590 249,273 16,604 16,875 1.60% 0.44%
11 31  North Carolina 3.5% 9,752,073 244,582 16,198 18,309 11.36% 0.60%
12 7  Massachusetts 4.9% 6,646,144 247,247 17,099 20,256 18.46% 0.57%
13 11  Washington 4.6% 6,897,012 209,670 15,900 19,003 19.51% 0.62%
14 13  Arizona 4.0% 6,553,255 194,238 12,332 15,817 28.25% 0.62%
15 19  Indiana 4.1% 6,537,334 183,829 10,219 11,074 8.37% 0.56%
16 37  Virginia 3.4% 8,185,867 180,416 13,802 14,243 3.20% 0.55%
17 30  Missouri 3.4% 6,021,988 151,032 9,428 10,557 10.70% 0.54%
18 29  Maryland 3.9% 5,884,563 147,584 11,243 12,538 11.52% 0.49%
19 4  Oregon 4.9% 3,899,353 145,212 8,932 11,773 31.80% 0.65%
20 12  Kentucky 3.3% 4,380,415 129,836 7,114 7,195 1.13% 0.53%
21 48  Tennessee 3.1% 6,456,243 127,526 10,189 10,898 6.95% 0.63%
22 34  Colorado 4.3% 5,187,582 126,162 10,045 12,424 23.70% 0.53%
23 41  Wisconsin 3.4% 5,726,398 121,858 8,232 9,179 10.32% 0.43%
24 36  Minnesota 4.0% 5,379,139 118,556 9,147 10,207 11.60% 0.59%
25 33  Louisiana 3.7% 4,601,893 111,918 8,808 8,076 -8.31% 0.60%
26 38  South Carolina 3.5% 4,723,723 104,111 7,609 7,214 5.20% 0.58%
27 43  Alabama 3.0% 4,822,023 102,613 8,109 6,582 -18.80% 0.61%
28 27  Oklahoma 3.5% 3,814,820 98,575 5,763 6,134 6.44% 0.64%
29 9  Nevada 4.8% 2,758,931 88,065 4,973 7,140 43.60% 0.61%
30 20  Kansas 3.1% 2,885,905 81,152 3,973 4,009 0.09% 0.43%
31 24  Arkansas 3.0% 2,949,131 78,441 4,423 4,226 -4.45% 0.60%
32 25  Connecticut 3.5% 3,590,347 92,775 7,386 7,852 6.30% 0.44%
33 42  Iowa 3.2% 3,074,186 65,419 3,698 4,093 10.70% 0.31%
34 49  Mississippi 3.2% 2,984,926 58,982 4,774 3,484 -27.00% 0.61%
35 47  Utah 3.3% 2,855,287 58,591 3,360 5,814 73.03% 0.36%
36 2  Hawaii 3.8% 1,392,313 53,966 2,389 3,239 35.45% 0.78%
37 5  Maine 4.5% 1,329,192 48,489 3,394 3,958 16.61% 0.50%
38 1  District of Columbia 8.6% 632,323 63,232 3,678 4,822 31.10% 2.77%
39 40  New Mexico 4.2% 2,085,538 45,965 4,496 5,825 25.56% 0.75%
40 35  West Virginia 3.4% 1,855,413 43,713 2,916 2,848 -2.33% 0.42%
41 45  Nebraska 3.6% 1,855,525 38,075 2,332 2,356 0.01% 0.39%
42 17  New Hampshire 4.6% 1,320,718 31,138 2,703 3,260 20.60% 0.43%
43 6  Rhode Island 4.0% 1,050,292 35,920 2,471 2,785 12.71% 0.51%
44 46  Idaho 2.8% 1,595,728 32,744 1,873 2,042 9.02% 0.41%
45 8  South Dakota 2% 833,354 27,867 826 714 -13.36% 0.34%
46 26  Delaware 4.7% 917,092 23,698 1,868 2,646 41.65% 0.64%
47 3  Vermont 5.3% 626,011 23,313 1,933 2,143 10.61% 0.59%
48 50  Montana 3.0% 1,005,141 19,862 1,218 1,848 10.70% 0.34%
49 28  Alaska 3.0% 731,449 24,869 1,180 1,228 4.06% 0.49%
50 39  Wyoming 3.5% 576,412 16,716 807 657 -18.60% 0.32%
51 51   North Dakota 2.7% 699,628 9,040 703 559 -20.50 0.30%
Total 3.8% Total Population 313,914,039: Adult Population 238,574,670:[14] 9,083,558 [15] 594,391 646,464 8.76% 0.58%

By locality[edit]

The American cities with the highest gay populations are New York City with 272,493, Los Angeles with 154,270, Chicago with 114,449, and San Francisco with 94,234, as estimated by the Williams Institute in 2006.[16] However, one is much more likely to encounter gay residents in San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Boston as a higher percentage of those cities' residents are gay or lesbian.

The U.S. metropolitan areas with the most gay residents are the New York, New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island, New York metro with 568,903; followed by Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana, California with 442,211; and the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin metro with 288,748.[17]

The charts below show a list of the top U.S. cities (in alphabetical order), metropolitan areas, and states with the highest population of gay residents and the highest percentage of gay residents (GLB population as a percentage of total residents based on available census data).[16] The numbers given are estimates based on American Community Survey data for the year 2000.[18]

By city[edit]

Cities with the highest percentage of LGBT people in 2006.
%
Rank
City 2005
LGB
Percentage
Estimate[19]
2005
LGB
Population
Estimate[19]
1 Flag of San Francisco.svg San Francisco 15.4% 94,234
2 Seattle 12.9% 57,993
3 Flag of Atlanta.svg Atlanta 12.8% 39,805
4  Minneapolis 12.5% 34,295
5  Boston 12.3% 50,450
6 Flag of Sacramento, California.svg Sacramento 9.8% 32,108
7 Flag of Portland, Oregon.svg Portland, OR 8.8% 35,413
8 Flag of Denver, Colorado.svg Denver 8.2% 33,698
9 Flag of the District of Columbia.svg Washington, D.C. 8.1% 32,599
10 Flag of Orlando, Florida.png Orlando 7.7% 12,508
11 Salt Lake City 7.6% 10,726
12 Flag of Dallas.svg Dallas 7.0% 58,473
13 Flag of Baltimore, Maryland.svg Baltimore 6.9% 30,779
14 Hartford 6.8% 5,292
15 Rochester NY city flag.png Rochester 6.8% 9,371
16 Flag of San Diego, California.svg San Diego 6.8% 61,945
17 Flag of St. Louis, Missouri.svg St. Louis 6.8% 16,868
18 Flag of Columbus, Ohio.svg Columbus 6.7% 34,952
19 Flag of Kansas City, Missouri.svg Kansas City 6.7% 22,360
20 Phoenix 6.4% 63,222
21 Flag of Tampa, Florida.svg Tampa 6.1% 14,119
22 Flag of San Jose, California.png San Jose 5.8% 37,260
23  Chicago 5.7% 114,449
24 Flag of Birmingham, Alabama.svg Birmingham 5.6% 9,263
25  Los Angeles 5.6% 154,270
26 Flag of Miami, Florida.svg Miami 5.5% 15,227
27 Nashville-Davidson 5.1% 20,313
28 Flag of New Orleans, Louisiana.svg New Orleans 5.1% 16,554
29 Austin 4.8% 24,615
30 Flag of Indianapolis.svg Indianapolis 4.8% 26,712
31 Providence 4.8% 5,564
32 Flag of Las Vegas, Nevada.svg Las Vegas 4.6% 17,925
33 Flag of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.svg Milwaukee 4.6% 18,243
34  New York City 4.5% 272,493
35  Houston 4.4% 61,976

By metropolitan area[edit]

Metropolitan Area 2006
% LGB Est.[16]
2006
LGB Pop. Est.[16]
2012-2014

% LGB

Est.[20]

2006-2014

Change in

% LGB

Est.[20]

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont 8.2% 256,313 6.2% -2.0% Decrease
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton 6.1% 94,027 5.4% -0.7% Decrease
Austin-Round Rock 5.9% 61,732 5.3% -0.6% Decrease
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner 3.7% 35,230 5.1% 1.4% Increase
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 6.5% 154,835 4.8% -1.7% Decrease
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy 6.2% 201,344 4.8% -1.4% Decrease
Salt Lake City 3.7% 26,761 4.7% 1.0% Increase
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (Anaheim) 4.8% 442,211 4.6% -0.2% Decrease
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 5.8% 99,027 4.6% -1.2% Decrease
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford 5.6% 49,000 4.6% -1.0% Decrease
Louisville/Jefferson County 4.2% 17,102 4.5% 0.3% Increase
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News 3.9% 44,689 4.4% 0.5% Increase
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River (Warwick) 3.6% 43,417 4.4% 0.8% Increase
Las Vegas-(Henderson)-Paradise 3.9% 48,532 4.3% 0.4% Increase
Columbus 5.5% 68,300 4.3% -1.2% Decrease
Jacksonville 4.0% 36,422 4.3% 0.3% Increase
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach (West Palm Beach) 4.5% 183,346 4.2% -0.3% Decrease
Indianapolis-(Carmel-Anderson) 4.5% 52,963 4.2% -0.3% Decrease
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta (Roswell) 5.1% 180,168 4.2% -0.9% Decrease
Orlando-Kissimmee 5.7% 81,272 4.1% -1.6% Decrease
Tampa-St.Petersburg-Clearwater 5.9% 119,044 4.1% -1.8% Decrease
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 4.8% 132,960 4.1% -0.7% Decrease
New York-Newark-Jersey City 4.1% 568,903 4.0% -0.1% Decrease
San Antonio-(New Braunfels) 3.5% 46,188 4.0% 0.5% Increase
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 5.0% 191,959 4.0% -1.0% Decrease
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 4.9% 131,555 4.0% -0.9% Decrease
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 4.2% 179,459 3.9% -0.3% Decrease
Baltimore-(Columbia)-Towson 5.2% 100,032 3.9% -1.3% Decrease
Buffalo-(Cheektowaga)-Niagara Falls 3.3% 28,193 3.9% 0.6% Increase
Detroit-Warren-Livonia (Dearborn) 3.0% 98,402 3.9% 0.9% Increase
Sacramento-Roseville-Arden-Arcade 5.5% 81,759 3.9% -1.6% Decrease
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos 4.9% 102,016 3.9% -1.0% Decrease
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia 3.3% 36,464 3.8% 0.5% Increase
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet (Elgin) 4.3% 288,748 3.8% -0.5% Decrease
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4.5% 183,718 3.8% -0.7% Decrease
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor 4.3% 66,943 3.7% -0.6% Decrease
Kansas City 5.1% 72,080 3.6% -1.5% Decrease
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 5.7% 130,472 3.6% -2.1% Decrease
St. Louis 4.1% 83,769 3.6% -0.5% Decrease
Oklahoma City 3.3% 28,288 3.5% 0.2% Increase
Richmond 3.4% 28,750 3.5% 0.1% Increase
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-(Franklin) 3.8% 57,027 3.5% -0.3% Decrease
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis 3.7% 40,407 3.5% -0.2% Decrease
Houston-(The Woodlands)-Sugar Land-Baytown 4.1% 152,288 3.3% -0.8% Decrease
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 5.0% 63,941 3.2% -1.8% Decrease
Raleigh 3.2%
Cincinnati-Middletown 3.8% 57,027 3.2% -0.6% Decrease
Memphis 3.4% 30,531 3.1% -0.3% Decrease
Pittsburgh 2.8% 50,994 3.0% 0.2% Increase
Birmingham-Hoover 3.0% 24,276 2.6% -0.4% Decrease

Statistics by year[edit]

1990s[edit]

1990

"Homosexuality/Heterosexuality: Concepts of Sexual Orientation" published findings of 13.95% of males and 4.25% of females having had either "extensive" or "more than incidental" homosexual experience.[21]

1990

An extensive study on sexuality in general was conducted in the United States. A significant portion of the study was geared towards homosexuality. The results found that 8.6% of women and 10.1% of men had at one point in their life experienced some form of homosexuality. Of these, 87% of women and 76% of men reported current same-sex attractions, 41% of women and 52% of men had sex with someone of the same gender, and 16% of women and 27% of men identified as LGBT.[22]

1990–92

The American National Health Interview Survey conducts household interviews of the civilian non-institutionalized population. The results of three of these surveys, done in 1990–91 and based on over 9,000 responses each time, found between 2–3% of the people responding said yes to a set of statements which included "You are a man who has had sex with another man at some time since 1977, even one time."[23]

1992

The National Health and Social Life Survey asked 3,432 respondents whether they had any homosexual experience. The findings were 1.3% for women within the past year, and 4.1% since 18 years; for men, 2.7% within the past year, and 4.9% since 18 years.[24]

1993

The Alan Guttmacher Institute of sexually active men aged 20–39 found that 2.3% had experienced same-sex sexual activity in the last ten years, and 1.1% reported exclusive homosexual contact during that time.[25]

1993

Researchers Samuel and Cynthia Janus surveyed American adults aged 18 and over by distributing 4,550 questionnaires; 3,260 were returned and 2,765 were usable. The results of the cross-sectional nationwide survey stated men and women who reported frequent or ongoing homosexual experiences were 9% of men and 5% of women.[26]

1994

Laumann et al. analyzed the National Health and Social Life Survey of 1992 which had surveyed 3,432 men and women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 59 and reported that the incidence rate of homosexual desire was 7.7% for men and 7.5% for women.[27]

1998

A random survey of 1672 males (number used for analysis) aged 15 to 19. Subjects were asked a number of questions, including questions relating to same-sex activity. This was done using two methods—a pencil and paper method, and via computer, supplemented by a verbal rendition of the questionnaire heard through headphones—which obtained vastly different results. There was a 400% increase in males reporting homosexual activity when the computer-audio system was used: from a 1.5% to 5.5% positive response rate; the homosexual behavior with the greatest reporting difference (800%, adjusted) was to the question "Ever had receptive anal sex with another male": 0.1% to 0.8%.[28]

2000s[edit]

2000

During the 2000 US presidential election campaign, market research firm Harris Interactive studied the prevalence of a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender identity employing three distinct methods. In phone interviews, 2% of the population self-identified as LGBT. Using in-person surveys with a blind envelope, that grew to 4%, and using online polls 6%. The group concluded that the difference between methods was due to the greater level of anonymity and privacy to online surveys, which provides more comfort to respondents to share their experiences.[29]

2003

Smith's 2003 analysis of National Opinion Research Center data[30] states that 4.9% of sexually active American males have had a male sexual partner since age 18, but that "since age 18 less than 1% are [exclusively] gay and 4+% bisexual". In the top twelve urban areas however, the rates are double the national average. Smith adds, "It is generally believed that including adolescent behavior would further increase these rates." The NORC data has been criticised because the original design sampling techniques were not followed, and depended upon direct self-report regarding masturbation and same sex behaviors. (For example, the original data in the early 1990s reported that approximately 40% of adult males had never masturbated—a finding inconsistent with some other studies.)[citation needed]

2003

In a telephone survey of 4,193 male residents of New York City, 91.3% of men identified as straight, 3.7% as gay, and 1.2% as bisexual. 1.7% said they were in doubt or were not sure and 2.1% declined to answer. 12.4% of men who responded to the sexual orientation question, reported sex exclusively with men in the 12 months prior to the survey. Most of them (~70%) identified as heterosexual.[31]

2005

The American Community Survey from the U.S. Census estimated 776,943 same-sex couples in the country as a whole, representing about 0.5% of the population.[16]

2006

Fried's 2008 analysis of General Social Survey data shows the percentage of United States males reporting homosexual activity for three time periods: 1988–92, 1993–98, and 2000–06. These results are broken out by political party self-identification, and indicate increasing percentages, particularly among Democrats (perhaps reflecting, in the authors' view, either a shift of political allegiance among gay Americans, or increasing likelihood of acknowledging a homosexual orientation).[32]

2007

Cornell University, carrying out research into sexuality amongst a representative sample of more than 20,000 young Americans, published that 14.4% of young women were not strictly heterosexual in behavior, a group that included lesbian and bisexual women; 5.6% of young men self-identified as being gay or bisexual.[33]

2008

National Election Pool's exit polling showed self-identified gay, lesbian, and bisexual voters at 4% of the voting population in the United States presidential election, 2008.[34]

2010s[edit]

2003-2010

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys interviewed a nationally representative sample of 11,744 adults aged 20 to 59 between 2003 and 2010. One hundred and eighty (1.5%) self-reported a homosexual orientation and 273 (2.3%) a bisexual one.[35]

2010

The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior surveyed nearly 6,000 people nationwide between the ages of 14 and 94 through an online methodology and found that 7 percent of women and 8 percent of men identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.[36]

2010

Using a phone methodology, the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey found, in a sample of about 10,000 women and 8,000 men, that 1.3% of women and 2% of men identify as gay or lesbian, and 1.2% of men and 2.2% of women identify as bisexual.[37]

2012

A Gallup report published in October 2012 by the Williams Institute reported that 3.4% of US adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Minorities were more likely to identify as non-heterosexual; 4.6% of blacks, 4.0% of Hispanics and 3.2% of whites. Younger people, aged 18–29, were three times more likely to identify as LGBT than seniors over the age of 65, the numbers being 6.4% and 1.9%, respectively.[4][38]

2012

The National Election Pool found that, among voters on Election Day, 5% identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.[39][40]

2013

In the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation, the NHIS reported in July 2014 that 1.6 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent identify as bisexual.[1] 1.5 percent of women self-identify as lesbian and 0.9 consider themselves bisexual, while 1.8 percent of men consider themselves gay and 0.4 percent identify as bisexual.[1]

2002-2013 National Survey of Family Growth

The National Survey of Family Growth is a nationally representative, multi-year survey of teenagers and adults aged 15–44. The sexual orientation items are presented only to interviewees over age 18. Results are presented separately for women and men.

  • Women:
Gay/lesbian Bisexual Something else Heterosexual Did not report
2002[41] 1.3% 2.8% 3.8% 90.3% 1.8%
2006-2010[42] 1.2% 3.9% 0.4% 93.6% 0.8%
2011-2013[43] 1.3% 5.5% 92.3% 0.9%
  • Men:
Gay/lesbian Bisexual Something else Heterosexual Did not report
2002 2.3% 1.8% 3.9% 90.2% 1.8%
2006-2010 1.8% 1.2% 0.2% 95.6% 1.2%
2011-2013 1.9% 2.0% 95.1% 1.0%
2013

In an experiment, National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that the share of the population that is non-heterosexual has been significantly underestimated in surveys using traditional questioning methods, even if anonymous. In this study, it was found that, in all three facets of sexual orientation (identity, attraction, and behavior), the percentage of individuals who recognized themselves as non-heterosexual was larger when the survey method in use was the item randomized response, known to reduce socially desirable responding, in lieu of questions with direct responses. However, because the study was based on online volunteer samples and was therefore not nationally representative, researchers make no suggestion as to the real size of the LGBT population.[44][45]

2013

Writing in the opinion section of The New York Times in 2013, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz estimated that roughly 5 percent of American men are "primarily attracted to men". First, using Facebook data and Gallup poll results, he correlated the percentage of men who are openly gay with their state of birth and residence. Second, he measured what percentage of Google pornographic searches were for gay porn. The first method gave between 1 and 3 percent. The second showed that roughly 5 percent of men search for gay porn in every state. The figure was slightly higher in states considered gay-tolerant than in others.[46]

2014 General Social Survey behavior study

A study has also found that, based on the GSS, the proportion of men and women who self-report ever having had a same-sex sexual partner has steadily increased since the early 1990s. In the 1989-1994 period, 4.53% of men and 3.61% of women self-reported homosexual sex ever, which grew to 8.18% of men and 8.74% of women in the 2010-2014 period. The augmentation is mainly due to those who self-report sex with both genders; among those who have only had sex with the same gender, no clear pattern of increase emerged throughout the periods analyzed.[47]

2014

In a nationally representative telephone survey of 35,071 Americans, Pew Research found that 1,604, or 4.6%, of the sample identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and 32,439 (or 92.4%) as heterosexual, with the remainder refusing or being unable to provide an answer, or identifying as something else.[48]

2015

In a nationally representative survey of 2,021 Americans carried out by Indiana University, it was found that 89.8% of men and 92.2% of women identify as heterosexual, 1.9% of men and 3.6% of women are bisexual, 5.8% of men and 1.5% of women consider themselves gay or lesbian, 0.5% of men and 1.3% of women identify asexual, and 0.7% of men and 0.9% of women are other.[49]

2015

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey of 2,314 Millennials found that 88% identified as heterosexual, 4% as bisexual, 2% as gay, and 1% as lesbian. In a separate question, 1% identified as transgender. In total, 7% of Millennials identified as LGBT. Three percent refused to identify their sexual orientation. The unaffiliated were more likely to identify as LGBT than the religious, as were Democratic-leaning Millennials compared to the Republican-leaning. No differences were found among the races.[50]

2015

In a Yougov survey of 1,000 adults, 2% of the sample identified as gay male, 2% as gay female, 4% as bisexual (of either sex), and 89% as heterosexual.[51]

2008-2016 General Social Survey identity polling
[52] Gay/lesbian Bisexual Total
2008 1.6% 1.1% 2.7%
2010 1.2% 1.4% 2.6%
2012 1.5% 2.2% 3.7%
2014 1.7% 2.6% 4.3%
2016[53] 2.4% 3.0% 5.4%
2016

In National Election Pool's exit poll of over 24,500 Election Day voters, 5% identified as LGBT.[54]

2016

Gallup's daily tracking phone survey found that the proportion of Americans who identify as LGBT in 2016 was 4.1% — which represents growth over the 3.6% registered when the question started being asked in 2012. Growth was highest among women, Millennials, the non-religious, Hispanics, and Asians, and happened across income and educational categories. Among the religious, and older generations than Millennials, the share of those self-identifying as LGBT remained stable or varied negatively.[3]

2016

A female-only survey found that 7% of American women identify as gay or bisexual.[55]

2016

According to a national survey organized by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Harris Poll, 12% of the US adult population is either a sexual minority (ie, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual or pansexual) or identifies as something other than cisgender. This proportion was highest among Millennials (20%) and decreased with age, reaching 5% among those who were aged 72 or more.[56]

2016-2017

The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) conducted a survey of over 100,000 U.S. residents from January 2016 to January 2017 asking, among a variety of attitude and demographic questions, whether or not they consider themselves LGBT. 4.4% of respondents answered affirmatively to that question, and 90.4% responded negatively. The remainder 5.3% didn't know or refused to answer.[57]

2017

In a nationally representative survey organized by Kantar TNS, 87% of American men aged 18 to 30 years identified as heterosexual, 7% as homosexual, 4% as bisexual, and 1% as other.[58]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1]
  2. ^ Special Report: 3.4% of U.S. Adults Identify as LGBT
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