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Gallup: LGBTQ+ identification in US rises to 7.6% — 1 in 5 of Gen-Z

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The percentage of U.S. adults identifying as LGBTQ+ has continued to increase, reaching a new high of 7.6% in the latest Gallup poll.

If current trends continue, the U.S. LGBTQ+ population could be 10% within three decades, Gallup said in the results from 2023 polling. 

Gallup said the percentage of U.S. adults who consider themselves part of the LGBTQ+ community has more than doubled since the organization first asked about sexual orientation and transgender identity in 2012.

The current figure is up from 5.6% in 2020, and 3.5% in 2012, Gallup’s first year of measuring sexual orientation and transgender identity.

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Gallup polling results

LGBTQ+ identification in the U.S. continues to grow, with 7.6% of U.S. adults now identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or some other sexual orientation besides heterosexual. (Gallup)

Gallup said, each younger generation is almost twice as likely as the generation before to self-identify as LGBTQ+.

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Gallup said that more than 1 in 5 Gen Z adults, ranging in age from 18 to 26 in 2023, identify as LGBTQ+. The polling agency said that 1 in 10 millennials, who are aged 27 to 42, also identify as LGBTQ+.

The percentage drops to less than 5% of Generation X, 2% of baby boomers, and 1% of the Silent Generation.

Gallup polling results

Bisexual adults make up the largest proportion of the LGBTQ+ population — 4.4% of U.S. adults and 57.3% of LGBTQ+ adults say they are bisexual. Gay and lesbian are the next-most-common identities, each representing slightly over 1% of U.S. adults and roughly one in six LGBTQ+ adults. Slightly less than 1% of U.S. adults and about one in eight LGBTQ+ adults are transgender. The most commonly volunteered LGBTQ+ identities are pansexual and asexual, mentioned by less than 2% of LGBTQ+ adults each. (Gallup)

Bisexual adults make up the largest proportion of the LGBTQ+ population — 4.4% of U.S. adults and 57.3% of LGBTQ+ adults say they are bisexual. 

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Gay and lesbian are the next-most-common identities, each representing slightly over 1% of U.S. adults and roughly one in six LGBTQ+ adults. 

Slightly less than 1% of U.S. adults and about one in eight LGBTQ+ adults are transgender, Gallup said. 

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