Interesting results from a new Gallup survey of 121,000 Americans on sexual preference. The overall number: 3.4% identify as lesbian, gay, bi, or transgender. (The poll specifically asked about identification, rather than experience.)
But the bigger news is further on in the story: people under 30 identified as LGBT at a rate nearly twice as high: 6.4%. (Less than 2% of seniors do.) This surely relates to society’s increasing acceptance, and suggests that the number could be higher yet in a completely accepting society.
By a small margin, more women than men identify that way (which is opposite what some earlier surveys found). But this effect is far stronger for under-30’s: women 8.3%, men 4.6%.
4.4% didn’t know or wouldn’t say. We shouldn’t overinterpret that, but I’d say if you don’t know your sexual orientation, you’re probably not a Kinsey 0.
Intriguingly, there are also strong correlations by race: the overall number is 4.6% for blacks, 4.5% for Latinos, and 4.3% for Asians. I would have expected the opposite. The rate also goes down with income level.