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What Percentage of Americans Are LGBTQ+?
The Short Answer

What Percentage of Americans Are LGBTQ+?

Editor's Note: This article was revised on March 18, 2024, to reflect Gallup's latest estimate of Americans’ identification as LGBTQ+.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gallup finds 7.6% of U.S. adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or something other than straight or heterosexual. The percentage has more than doubled since Gallup first measured LGBTQ+ identification in 2012.


Overall, 85.6% of U.S. adults say they are straight or heterosexual, 7.6% identify with one or more LGBTQ+ groups, and 6.8% decline to respond.

U.S. LGBTQ+ identification breaks down in the following manner:

  • Bisexual adults make up the largest proportion of the LGBTQ+ population (57.3%).
  • Gay (18.1%) and lesbian (15.1%) are the next-most-common identities.
  • About one in eight LGBTQ+ Americans are transgender (11.8%).
  • Smaller proportions of LGTBQ+ adults volunteer another identity, such as queer, pansexual or asexual.

LGBTQ+ Identification is most common among young adults.

LGBTQ+ identification is much more common among younger adults than older adults. Also, 8.5% of adult women and 4.7% of adult men identify as LGBTQ+.

By generation, adults in Generation Z (born 1997-2012) and millennials (born 1981-1996) are far more likely than those in older generations to identify as LGBTQ+,


Learn more in Gallup’s 2024 LGBTQ+ update.

Explore more Gallup articles about LGBT issues on the LGBT Topics page.

Explore Gallup questions and trends about gay and lesbian rights on Gallup's Topics A-Z page.

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