How many Americans support LGBTQ rights

USA: The number of queer people is skyrocketing

In 2020, 5.6 percent of Americans identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or trans. That comes from updated estimates by polling firm Gallup, which were released on Wednesday. They are based on evaluations of several surveys.

The number of those who feel part of the queer community has risen sharply in recent years. In 2012, only 3.5 percent said they were LGBT. In 2017 the share rose to 4.5 percent (queer.de reported). With the new data from 2020, the increase has recently accelerated.


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According to Gallup, women are on average queer than men: 6.4 percent of them identified themselves as LGBT, and only 4.9 percent of men.

In addition, according to the latest figures, 7.6 percent of the total population gave no answer when asked about their sexual orientation. 86.7 percent of Americans described themselves as heterosexual and cisgender.

Bisexuals are in the majority

According to Gallup, bisexuals have the edge within the LGBT community: 55 percent of queer people stated this as their sexual orientation. 25 percent described themselves as "gay", which can mean gay or lesbian in English, and twelve percent as lesbian. In addition, there are eleven percent trans people (measured against the total population, their share is 0.6 percent). Among the LGBT respondents, three percent also used other self-description terms such as "queer" or "same-gender-loving". When asked about self-identification, multiple choices were possible.

Younger people in particular identify as LGBT. In the case of "Generation Z" (born 1997 to 2002), 17 percent said they were members of the queer community. The proportion of bisexuals in this group is particularly high. For millennials (born 1981 to 1996) the proportion drops to around ten percent, for Generation X (born 1965 to 1980) it is four percent, for baby boomers (born 1946 to 1964) it is still two percent and for traditionalists and traditionalists (born before 1946) still just over one percent. It is noticeable that almost no one among the older generations identifies as bisexual.

Leftists are more likely to identify as LGBT than right-wing people

Political attitudes also have a major impact on how people describe their sexual orientation or gender identity. 13 percent of left-wing liberals say they are queer, but only four percent of moderates and a full two percent of conservatives. Formal education does not seem to have any influence on the number of queer people: the number of LGBT people is the same for people with and without a university degree.

Gallup expects the number of LGBT people to continue to rise in the next few years: "At a time when Americans increasingly support equal rights for gays, lesbians and trans people, a greater percentage of Americans identify as LGBT," it said Washington-based institute. "Because younger generations identify as LGBT people far more than older ones, this increase is likely to continue."

The numbers are based on more than 15,000 telephone interviews conducted among American adults of age through 2020.

This increase is not limited to the US. In other western countries, too, in an increasingly liberal social climate, more and more people feel that they belong to the LGBTI community. This can also be seen, for example, from figures from the British statistics agency (queer.de reported). (dk)