Friday, October 19, 2012

1 in 30 Americans Identify as LGBT

3.4% of Americans identify as LGBT

Of note in the latest Gallup survey, released Thursday, is the fact that non-whites are more likely to identify themselves as LGBT than whites, which challenges common belief that large numbers of the community are white, male and wealthy.

The Gallup poll showed that 4.6% of African-Americans identify as LGBT along with 4% of Latinos and 4.3% of Asian-Americans. Only 3.2% of white Americans say they are LGBT.

More women — 3.6% — identified as LGBT than men — 3.3%. That means 53% of the LGBT community are women.

And, perhaps not surprisingly,  younger adults between the ages of 18 and 29 were more than three times as likely as seniors 65 and older to identify as LGBT — 6.4% of younger Americans said they were LGBT versus 1.9% of older people.

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