There could be twice as many LGBT adults in US than previously estimated, report says

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12/09/2021

At least 20 million adults in the U.S. could be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a new report released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  The report, released Thursday, analyzes data from the Census Bureau. It says approximately 8% of respondents to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey said they were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. That’s approximately double prior estimates of the LGBT community’s size in the U.S. “LGBTQ+ people are here – in every town, in every city, in each and every ZIP code. This data shows what we’ve suspected: our community is larger and more widespread than we could have known up to this point,” Joni Madison, HRC interim president, said in a press release on Thursday. Charleigh Flohr, senior research manager at the HRC, explained to USA TODAY that the report is based on public data from the Household Pulse Survey administered by the Census Bureau, not the Census Bureau’s decennial census. She said the results show that “researchers are starting to get better at researching the community” and that “society is growing more accepting of the community, and people are feeling like they’re able to identify themselves in surveys and are able to be themselves in their daily lives.” The report also says more than 2 million adults in the U.S. could identify as transgender, higher than previous estimates of approximately 1.4 million.

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