Study reveals there are now over 10 million Americans who identify as LGBT.
According to a poll done by Gallup the percentage of Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has increased from 3.5% in 2012 to 4.1% in 2016.
Gallup released the results and said: ‘These figures, drawn from the largest representative sample of LGBT Americans collected in the U.S., imply that more than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBT in the U.S. today, approximately 1.75 million more compared with 2012.’
The results are based on telephone interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million US adults living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The data was collected over a period of five years from 1 June 2012 to 30 December 2016.
According to Gallup, approximately 49,000 of the respondents answered ‘yes’ when asked if they identified personally as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
The percentage of millennials, those born between 1980 and 1998, has climbed from 5.8% in 2012 to 7.3% in 2016. Millennials make up a total of 32% of the general adult population and accounted for 43% of all LGBT Americans.
The percentage for Generation X individuals who identify as LGBT stayed at 3.2%, while baby boomers showed a declined from 2.7% to 2.4% and traditionalists a decline from 1.8% to 1.4%.
The poll also shows that LGBT identification increased more among women, Asians and Hispanics.
The percentage of women who identify as LGBT increased from 3.5% in 2012 to 4.4% in 2016, while men showed a smaller increase from 3.4% to 3.7%.
The increase among Asians (3.5% to 4.9%) and Hispanics (4.3% to 5.4%) were also higher than other racial and ethnic groups. White (3.2% to 3.6%) and Black Americans (4.4% to 4.6%) only showed a slight increase, while ‘other’ groups had an increase from 6.0% to 6.3%.
According to Gallup ‘the relatively larger increases in LGBT identification among racial and ethnic groups other than white, non-Hispanics mean that these racial and ethnic minorities now account for 40% of LGBT-identified adults compared with 33% in 2012.’