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

Thursday, April 7, 2011

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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40 more reader comments:

  1. That’s not a huge percentage of the population. But then, untold millions are closeted.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:50am
  2. That’s not a huge percentage of the population. But then, untold millions are closeted.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:50am
  3. Now to find mr right……. Lol

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:53am
  4. If only the closets were all opened, and the all the insecure could be loved.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:57am
  5. Yea, those are just some that are out and a part of this study so many more =)

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:57am
  6. there are that many more people who are like me??

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:58am
  7. Grindr app for your iPhone y’all!

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:04am
  8. Grindr app for your iPhone y’all!

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:04am
  9. Yeah, Kyle. So there’s no reason for any of us to think that we’re alone.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:04am
  10. Yeah, Kyle. So there’s no reason for any of us to think that we’re alone.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:04am
  11. I’m sure its much much higher … if we are supposed to be 10 % of the population , it should be more like 30 million … which is the population of Canada … 9 million seems relatively low…

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:13am
  12. I’m sure its much much higher … if we are supposed to be 10 % of the population , it should be more like 30 million … which is the population of Canada … 9 million seems relatively low…

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:13am
  13. Really good to know I’m not alone. :)

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:17am
  14. Really good to know I’m not alone. :)

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:17am
  15. Seems like a very low number to me.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:21am
  16. 9 million and 1 noone asked me

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 10:42am
  17. A lot of them probably didn’t respond to the poll, or maybe they’re scared. Which is understandable. Or they could be closeted.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:03am
  18. A lot of them probably didn’t respond to the poll, or maybe they’re scared. Which is understandable. Or they could be closeted.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:03am
  19. Until the discrimination laws are changed nationally and this becomes part of the census we will never truly know.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:14am
  20. Us fag’s will take over the world. Some day. It’ll happen and when it does; we’ll all sing, dance, and throw glitter until the day star deminishes. THEN, the real fun starts.(;

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:30am
  21. Us fag’s will take over the world. Some day. It’ll happen and when it does; we’ll all sing, dance, and throw glitter until the day star deminishes. THEN, the real fun starts.(;

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 11:30am
  22. That means there’s really 18 million! Haha

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 12:16pm
  23. That means there’s really 18 million! Haha

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 12:16pm
  24. Proud Lesbian with an amazing wife and beautiful daughters in MI <3

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 12:36pm
  25. Proud Lesbian with an amazing wife and beautiful daughters in MI <3

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 12:36pm
  26. i agree with johnathan. NO MORE CLOSETS! OR WARDROBES OR DRESSERS OR ANYWHERE ELSE CLOTHING SHOULD GO, THAT PEOPLE COULD HIDE!

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 12:50pm
  27. That’s great, its nice to know were all “coming out of our shells” in a less judgmental america :]

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1:38pm
  28. That’s great, its nice to know were all “coming out of our shells” in a less judgmental america :]

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1:38pm
  29. And if they include teenagers, like myself, the number will be even higher…

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 2:57pm
  30. & just to clarify this… practically everyone has some kind of attraction for the same sex.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 3:08pm
  31. & just to clarify this… practically everyone has some kind of attraction for the same sex.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 3:08pm
  32. Add to that number all the closeted Republicans and the number jumps significantly. LOL

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 6:11pm
  33. yes, well, if sexual orientation was on the census perhaps there’d be more accuracy

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:38pm
  34. Or not. Apparently they shortchanged some cities…

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 8:14pm
  35. The truth will never be known because they cant handle the truth!!

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 8:40pm
  36. I think we’re a bit higher than 3.5%.

    Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:38pm
  37. This number would be so much higher if closets didn’t exist.

    Posted on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 3:37am
  38. So technically.. We’ve already started to take over. Now if everyone would be proud of who they are, and show their true colors. That sounds like an almost perfect world to me.

    Posted on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 7:37am
  39. So technically.. We’ve already started to take over. Now if everyone would be proud of who they are, and show their true colors. That sounds like an almost perfect world to me.

    Posted on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 7:37am
  40. I believe this number is actually way higher…considering I know about 15 ppl who are closeted in my own life, not to mention everyone else in the world probably knows some too!

    Posted on Friday, April 8, 2011 at 11:51pm