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What Percentage of Americans Are LGBT?
The Short Answer

What Percentage of Americans Are LGBT?

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gallup finds 7.1% of U.S. adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or something other than straight or heterosexual. The percentage has steadily increased since Gallup first measured LGBT identification in 2012.


Line graph. Americans' Self-Identification as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Something Other Than Heterosexual. Trend from 2012 to 2021 (question not asked in 2018 and 2019). Currently, 7.1% of U.S. adults identify as LGBT, up from 5.6% in 2020, 4.5% in 2017 and 4.1% in 2016. Between 2012 and 2015, the range was 3.5% to 3.9%.

More than half of LGBT adults identify as bisexual. LGBT identification is much more common among younger adults than older adults.

For more details on LGBT identification, see Gallup's latest release:

LGBT Identification in U.S. Ticks Up to 7.1%

Additionally, Gallup finds that about one in 10 LGBT adults -- or slightly less than 1% of all U.S. adults -- are married to a same-sex partner.

LGBT Americans Married to Same-Sex Spouse Steady at 10%

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.

For more articles in the "Short Answer" series, visit Gallup's The Short Answer page.

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