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New Data Shows Percentage of LGBTQ in the US and Which States Have the Most

New Data Shows Percentage of LGBTQ in the US and Which States Have the Most
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New Data Shows Percentage of LGBTQ in the US and Which States Have the Most

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New data estimates that the largest number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender U.S. adults reside in the South, corroborating recent findings.

Researchers estimate that over 5% of U.S. adults identify as LGBTQ+, consistent with previous data. The report from the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles reveals higher LGBTQ+ identification among young people aged 18-24.

What the Centers for Disease Control and Data Prevention Data Says

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Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, the report reveals that in 2020 and 2021, there were nearly 14 million LGBTQ+ adults in the U.S. Some states exhibited noticeably higher percentages of gay and queer residents than others.

The Gallup Poll

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Earlier this year, a poll from Gallup found that a slightly higher percentage of U.S. adults are LGBTQ+. Overall, multiple polls show that the adult LGBTQ population has been steadily increasing for years.

“Look at the numbers, more people are coming out younger,” Cathy Renna, a spokesperson for the National LGBTQ Task Force said. “And people are coming out in places where LGBTQ folks have been less out and visible.”

What Does the Report Say?

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The report breaks down the data by state, revealing that Washington, D.C., Oregon, and Delaware top the list for the greatest percentage of gay and queer residents.

The census, the nation’s most well-known population survey, does not gather data on Americans’ sexuality or gender identity. In 2021, other smaller surveys from the bureau began asking those questions of respondents for the first time.

How Many People in the US Are LGBTQ?

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Researchers at the Williams Institute, a leading national LGBTQ+ population data research group, estimate more than 13.9 million LGBTQ+ adults live in the U.S. This represents 5.5% of the population.

Every year, Gallup also releases results of a poll estimating how many Americans are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Gallup's Last Report

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Gallup’s last report, which polled a nationally representative group of 10,000 respondents, found 7.2% identified as LGBTQ+. The number was highest among adult Gen Zers, or people born between 1997 and 2012, according to Pew Research Center.

There have been no direct links to why Gen Zers dominated the poll. However, it could be as a result of the generation’s open mindedness. If there’s one thing Gen Zers are known for, it’s their audacity.

The South Is Rainbow

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The new data reveals that nearly 36% of the nation’s adult LGBTQ+ population resides in the South, totaling over 5 million people. This marks an increase from the 2014 data by the Williams Institute, which reported 35% of the nation’s LGBTQ+ population living in the South.

Researchers defined the South as states spanning from Texas and Oklahoma to Florida and north through Delaware. Kentucky, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., are included in the grouping.

Conservative States Enact More Strict anti-LGBTQ Laws

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In recent years, Southern Republican-led states have enacted more laws restricting transgender health care, access to school sports, and instruction on LGBTQ+ history than any other part of the country.

For that reason, the South is at the forefront of the national fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality, Renna said. “Despite the backlash and despite challenges we’re facing, we’re resilient, and we’re not going anywhere,” Renna said.

Renna's Speech at the LGBTQ Task Force

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Renna spoke in New Orleans, which the National LGBTQ Task Force held its next annual conference. Renna said the South is where there’s the most at stake for people’s lives because it’s home to the most people living under the most oppressive laws.

“This is where a lot of the work really needs to happen,” she said.
Furthermore, she said her organization chose to host its conference in Louisiana because “there are so many LGBTQ people here that are underrepresented in media, culture and frankly in the movement.”

GLAAD's Discovery

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Researchers found that 5.7% of Louisiana’s adult population is LGBTQ+, ranking slightly higher than states like New York, California and Illinois.

In 2021, LGBTQ+ advocacy group, GLAAD, analyzed Southern media coverage of LGBTQ+ communities. The researched and found that dozens of outlets published few or zero substantive stories on LGBTQ+ issues, including HIV/AIDS, during the 18-month period ending in December 2020.

Gen Zers Identify More as LGBTQ

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Generation Z, the youngest American generation to include adults, has a much higher percentage of LGBTQ+ members than older generations.

In 2020 and 2021, researchers found that 15.2% of Gen Z identified as LGBTQ+, representing over 4.6 million people.

Earlier this year, Gallup found 19.7% of Gen Z − or nearly 1 in 5 − said they were LGBTQ+ in 2022.

Bisexuals Make up the Majority og LGBTQ+ Populationof

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According to researchers, bisexual people, people who are attracted to more than one gender, make up more than half of America’s LGBTQ+ population.

Researchers at the Williams Institute did not break down data based on sexuality. Instead, they focused on state-by-state LGBTQ+ populations.

The most recent data from Gallup says more than 58% of all adult LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. are bisexual.

What States Have the Most LGBTQ?

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In recent years, Washington, D.C., takes the top spot, with 14.3% of adults identifying as LGBTQ. Next is Oregon with 7.8%. Then follows Delaware with 7.5%

Next is Vermont, New Hamsphire, and Washington with 7.4%, 7.2%, and 6.9% respectively. Also, the report shows that Colorado and Maine both have 6.8%, and Nevada has 6.6%. Lastly, Massachusetts has 6.5% LGBTQ population.