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The percentage of LGBTQ adults in the United States has doubled in the past decade, according to Gallup


The percentage of American adults who identify as something other than heterosexual has doubled in the past 10 years, from 3.5% in 2012 to 7.1%, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

Gallup found that the increase is due to “strong LGBT self-identification, particularly as bisexual, among Gen Z adults,” who are between the ages of 18 and 25.

He asked more than 12,000 American adults how they identified in phone interviews last year. He revealed that young American adults are much more likely to identify as LGBTQ than older generations.

More than 1 in 5 adults, or 21%, of Gen Z adults identify as LGBTQ, Gallup found. That’s almost double the proportion of Gen Y, who are between 26 and 41, at 10.5%, and almost five times the proportion of Gen X, who are between 42 and 57, at 4 .2%. Less than 3% of baby boomers, who are between the ages of 58 and 76, identify as LGBTQ, compared to just 0.8% of traditionalists, who are 77 or older.

As younger Americans slowly outnumber and replace older ones, Gallup predicts that the number of LGBTQ-identifying adults will only grow — and likely at a much faster rate than previous generations.

The poll found that the percentage of Gen Xers, baby boomers and traditionalists who identify as gay has remained relatively the same over the years. More millennials have identified as LGBTQ, but only marginally, at 5.8% in 2012, 7.8% in 2017, and 10.5% now.

But the poll noted that the percentage of Gen Z adults who are gay has nearly doubled since 2017, from 10.5% in 2017 to 20.8%. This increase shows that younger Gen Zers, who have turned 18 since 2017, are more likely than older Gen Zers to identify as queer.

Gallup noted that the youngest Gen Zers – who are only 10 years old – are still not 18 and are even more likely to identify as LGBTQ.

If the trend of millennials and Gen Zers increasingly identifying as LGBTQ continues, “the proportion of LGBT Americans is expected to surpass 10% in the near future,” Gallup found.

Bisexuals make up 4% of all American adults

Bisexuality is the most commonly used identifier among LGBTQ Americans, which is consistent with a Gallup report released last year. More than half of LGBTQ Americans, at 57%, are bisexual.

More than a fifth of LGBTQ respondents, or 21%, are gay, 14% are lesbian, 10% are transgender and 4% identify as something else.

Overall, 4% of American adults identify as bisexual, compared to 1% who identify as lesbian, 1.5% as gay, 0.7% as transgender, and 0.3% as other. Heterosexuals made up 86.3% of total respondents and 6.6% did not express an opinion.

Gen Z adults are the most likely to identify as bisexual, at 15% overall, compared to 6% of Gen Y and less than 2% of Gen X, baby boomers and traditionalists.

Increase acceptance – in certain areas

Gallup notes that the proportion of Gen Z Americans who identify as LGBTQ is growing at a faster rate than previous generations, and they are growing up at a time when 70% of Americans support same-sex marriage rights, and a majority also support non-discrimination. protections for LGBTQ people.

But that support varies when broken down further. For example, Gallup’s annual Values ​​and Beliefs Survey found last year that 66% of people supported allowing openly transgender people to serve in the military, that figure is down slightly from compared to its previous measure in 2019, where 71% were in favor.

The percentage of LGBTQ adults in the United States has doubled in the past decade, according to Gallup

Meanwhile, 62% of Americans say trans athletes should only be allowed to play on sports teams that match the gender they were assigned at birth, while 34% say they should be allowed to play on teams that match their gender identity. investigation found.

At the time, Mara Keisling, former executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, attributed the contrast, at least in part, to the wave of legislation in states seeking to ban trans students from participating in sports teams. schools that match their gender identity.

But she also noted that, consistent with Gallup data, as more Americans know about trans people and more young people identify as LGBTQ, acceptance will increase. As for those pushing for anti-transgender legislation, she added, “One day they will be in the dustbin of history.”

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