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What Percentage of the Population is Gay 2022

LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Common variants of LGBT are LGBTQ, LGBTQ+, LGBTQIA, and LGBTQIA+, which do not represent different community politics but are preferred by some. These variants are more inclusive of all individuals who are non-heterosexual and non-cisgender instead of exclusively applying to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ people face discrimination, inequality, and violence worldwide. Countries have different rights encompassing everything from legal recognition of same-sex marriages to the death penalty. In the United States, the landmark Supreme Court case, Obergefell vs. Hodges, ruled it unconstitutional for the state to ban same-sex marriages. As of 2020, 37 states and D.C. have legalized gay marriage. The remaining 13 states have a ban on same-sex marriages; however, eight have court rulings in favor of allowing them.

LGBTQ+ Population by State

The demographics of sexual orientation are very difficult to track because there are no official ways to obtain this information. While surveys gather self-reported data, there are challenges to researchers in inquiring on such a sensitive subject. Also, different questions yield different results. For example, one set of questions may seek self-reported data on same-sex sexual experiences, while another set may seek data surrounding personal identification as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.

The UCLA Williams Institute analyzed surveys conducted by Gallup Polling from 2012 to 2017 and CDC data from 2015 and 2017 to gather estimates of the LGBT population in each state. The states with the highest LGBTQ+ populations, as a percentage of the total population, are

  1. District of Columbia (9.8%)
  2. Oregon (5.6%)
  3. Nevada (5.5%)
  4. Massachusetts (5.4%)
  5. California (5.3%)
  6. Vermont (5.2%)
  7. Washington (5.2%)
  8. New York (5.1%)
  9. Maine (4.9%)
  10. New Hampshire (4.7%)

In terms of actual population numbers, California has the largest LGBTQ+ population of 1,859,000. San Francisco and Santa Rosa are considered the gayest cities in the U.S.. Seattle, Boston, and Portland finish the top five.

What Percentage of the Population is Gay 2022

State LGBTQ Population LGBTQ Population per 100k
Oregon207,0004,793
Massachusetts335,0004,701
California1,859,0004,648
Vermont30,0004,640
Nevada145,0004,552
New York913,0004,483
Maine60,0004,382
Washington342,0004,328
New Hampshire59,0004,245
Florida886,0004,012
Hawaii59,0004,002
New Mexico85,0003,992
Rhode Island44,0003,977
Indiana272,0003,973
Delaware40,0003,967
Colorado234,0003,951
Illinois506,0003,950
Arizona286,0003,916
Ohio462,0003,898
Georgia425,0003,893
West Virginia68,0003,816
Pennsylvania490,0003,751
Maryland234,0003,739
Michigan373,0003,687
Connecticut133,0003,682
New Jersey343,0003,653
Minnesota210,0003,629
Louisiana169,0003,609
North Carolina382,0003,597
Virginia308,0003,517
Texas1,053,0003,516
Missouri217,0003,507
Wisconsin207,0003,488
Oklahoma138,0003,449
Alaska25,0003,387
Nebraska67,0003,369
Mississippi99,0003,345
Iowa106,0003,293
South Carolina167,0003,201
Tennessee223,0003,175
Kentucky144,0003,172
Arkansas95,0003,135
Kansas92,0003,114
Wyoming18,0003,106
Utah104,0003,083
Alabama147,0002,898
South Dakota25,0002,774
Montana30,0002,719
Idaho48,0002,535
North Dakota20,0002,499

What Percentage of the Population is Gay 2022

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