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Report: 9 million Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender

Thursday, April 7, 2011
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An estimated 9 million people across the United States identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a study released Thursday by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law.


Drawing on information from four recent national and two state-level population-based surveys, the analyses suggest that there are more than 8 million adults in the U.S. who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, comprising 3.5% of the adult population.

There are also nearly 700,000 transgender individuals in the U.S.

In total, the study suggests that approximately 9 million Americans — roughly the population of New Jersey — identify as LGBT.

Among other findings from the study:

  • Among adults who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, bisexuals comprise a slight majority (1.8% compared to 1.7% who identify as lesbian or gay).
  • Women are substantially more likely than men to identify as bisexual.
  • An estimated 19 million Americans (8.2%) report that they have engaged in same-sex sexual behavior and nearly 25.6 million Americans (11%) acknowledge at least some same-sex sexual attraction.

The Williams Institute is a leading think tank dedicated to the field of sexual orientation and gender identity-related law and public policy.

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