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US LGBTQ population reaches new high

The proportion of adults in the United States who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender has reached a new record high.

Published: February 19, 2022, 10:43 am

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    “The percentage of adults in the United States who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has hit a new high of 7,1 percent, double the 2012 level,” Gallup said on Thursday. Ten years ago, the LGBTQ share was 3,5 percent.

    The current survey covered a total of 12 000 people. About 86 percent of people reported being heterosexual during the survey. While only 2,6 percent of older people (born between 1946 and 1964) classified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual, the figure for young adults (born between 1981 and 1996) was 10,5 percent.

    In contrast, 20,8 percent of young people considered themselves part of the LGBTQ community. According to pollsters, the majority of adults who identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender were “bisexual” (56,8 percent). This corresponded to a total of four percent of the US population. Another 20 percent of the LGBTQ community identified as gay and 10 percent as transgender. These proportions were higher among young people. Almost one in six youngsters identified as bisexual.

    “Given the large disparity between young and old, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people can be expected to continue to grow as a percentage of the total American population.” In the near future, sexual minorities are expected to break the 10 percent mark.

    Some 70 percent of Americans currently support same-sex marriage, an increase from 1996, when only 27 percent of Americans supported it.

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