How Many People Are Gay in the U.S.?
Posted on Apr 8, 2011
Move over Kinsey. The Williams Institute, a leading research group exploring sexual orientation, has released a study estimating the size of the LGBT community in the U.S. The final count? More than 9 million adults, or 3.5 percent of the population. —JCL
The Williams Institute, a leading think tank dedicated to the field of sexual orientation and gender identity-related law and public policy, released new research that estimates the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States.
Drawing on information from four recent national and two state-level population-based surveys, the analyses suggest that there are more than 8 million adults in the US who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, comprising 3.5% of the adult population.
There are also nearly 700,000 transgender individuals in the US. In total, the study suggests that approximately 9 million Americans—roughly the population of New Jersey—identify as LGBT. The study was released coinciding with the Institute’s 10th anniversary, to be honored at UCLA Law School from April 7-9.
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About 9 million Americans—roughly the population of New Jersey—identify themselves as LGBT.