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In U.S., Estimate of LGBT Population Rises to 4.5%
The percentage of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender increased to 4.5% in 2017 from 4.1% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2012.
The Challenge of Measuring the U.S. LGBT Population
Why is it important that we measure the number of people in the U.S. who identify as LGBT? And what are the challenges involved in measuring this population?
Explore Americans' Views on LGBT Issues
Over the next week, Gallup will release a series of three articles providing insight into LGBT issues.
LGBT Community Still Views Clinton More Favorably Than Trump
LGBT Americans view Hillary Clinton more favorably than her rival Donald Trump. Unlike the general population, differences in candidate favorability by race and ethnicity are not present among LGBT adults.
Life Evaluations of LGBT Americans Decline After Election
LGBT adults' outlook on life decreased from 51% "thriving" before the U.S. presidential election to 41% after it. Steep declines also occurred among Democrats in general.
In U.S., 10.2% of LGBT Adults Now Married to Same-Sex Spouse
Two years after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, 10.2% of LGBT Americans are now married to a same-sex partner, up from 7.9% before the ruling.
In U.S., More Adults Identifying as LGBT
In 2016, 4.1% of American adults identified as LGBT, up from 3.5% in 2012. An estimated 10 million adults identify as LGBT in the U.S. Millennials and women largely drove the increases in LGBT identification.
Same-Sex Marriages Up After Supreme Court Ruling
More LGBT Americans living with a same-sex partner now report being married (45%) than did so in the months prior to the Supreme Court decision to make same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states (38%).
Vermont Leads States in LGBT Identification
Among the 50 U.S. states, Vermont has the highest proportion of adults identifying as LGBT at 5.3%. The largest increases in LGBT identification are in the Pacific-region states.
San Francisco Metro Area Ranks Highest in LGBT Percentage
The San Francisco metropolitan area has the highest percentage of adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) of any of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, followed by Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas.