US polling group Gallup posted their massive data analysis for the LGBT community this week, and DRUM ROLL PLEASE……. there are now over 10 million people who identify as LGBT in the US of A!
This analysis is based on interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million U.S. adults as part of Gallup Daily tracking. Across the five years of data collection, more than 49,000 respondents said “yes” when asked, “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?”
Millennials, defined here as those born between 1980 and 1998, drive virtually all of the increases observed in overall LGBT self-identification. The portion of that generation identifying as LGBT increased from 5.8% in 2012 to 7.3% in 2016. LGBT identification remained relatively stable over the five-year period at 3.2% among Generation X and declined slightly from 2.7% to 2.4% among baby boomers and from 1.8% to 1.4% among traditionalists.
Millennials are more than twice as likely as any other generation to identify as LGBT. In 2012, they accounted for 43% of LGBT-identified adults. As a result of their disproportionate increases in identification since then, they now account for 58%. Millennials comprise 32% of the general adult population. (via Gallup)
Most likely the reason that there’s a 4.1% difference between Generation X and the Millennials is due in part of how much equal-opportunity the LGBT community has gained within the past decade.
It’s likely that millennials are the first generation in the U.S. to grow up in an environment where social acceptance of the LGBT community markedly increased. This may be an important factor in explaining their greater willingness to identify as LGBT. They may not have experienced the levels of discrimination and stigma experienced by their older counterparts. The perceived risks associated with publicly identifying as LGBT might also be lower in millennials than among other generations.
In a span of only five years, the demographic composition of Americans who identify as LGBT has markedly changed. It has become larger, younger, more female and less religious. These demographic traits are of interest to a wide range of constituencies. (via Gallup)
And last but not least it seems that women are more likely to identify as LGBT than men.
LGBT identification increases are more pronounced in women than in men. In 2012, 3.5% of women identified as LGBT, comparable to the 3.4% of men. By 2016, LGBT identification in women increased to 4.4% compared with 3.7% among men. These changes mean that the portion of women among LGBT-identified adults rose slightly from 52% to 55%. (via Gallup)
Cheers to progress and social advancement! What we can see from these statistics is no matter what our differences may be, when we work together and unify we can create deep change for the generations that follow.
Have a gay weekend y’all!