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LGBTQ Statistics


Approximately 5% of Americans identify as LGBTQ, including 2% who identify as gay or lesbian, 3% who identify as bisexual, and less than 1% who identify as transgender.

  • 13,042,000 LGBTQ people in the U.S. age 13+

  • 1.4 million transgender people in the U.S.

  • 700,000 co-habiting couples

  • 357,000 married couples

  • 114,000 raising children

Income Levels
  • 14% of adults have income over $100,000

  • 22% of adults have income between $50,000 and $100,000

These percentages may be skewed due to the number of LGBTQ employees not being "out" at work. 

Approximately 47% of LGBTQ employees believe disclosing their sexual orientation status at work could jeopardize their career (lose their job, get passed over for a promotion, or getting assigned to additional projects).

  • 17% of adults are college graduates

    • College education was defined as reporting having earned at least a four-year Bachelor’s degree

    • Lesbians are 10% more likely to have a bachelor’s degree than heterosexual women

    • Gay men are 12% - 16% more likely to have a bachelor’s degree than heterosexual men

  • 13% of adults have obtained an advanced degree

It is possible that lesbians and gay men pursue additional education not because they seek tolerant workplaces, but because they seek workplace characteristics that happen to correlate with tolerance.


55% of LGBTQ people report discrimination

Percent of people uncomfortable with having LGBTQ people:

  • At a place of worship: 24%

  • Seeing same-sex wedding photos: 27%

  • After learning a family member is LGBTQ: 30%

  • When a child has an LGBTQ teacher: 31%

  • Learning their doctor is LGBTQ: 31%

  • Seeing same-sex couples holding hands: 31%

  • Children having a lesson on LGBTQ history in school: 37%

LGBTQ Inclusive Movies, TV Shows, Ads Promote Acceptance

  • 86% of non-LGBTQ people say that they know someone who is LGBTQ

  • 45% who had been exposed to LGBTQ people in the media say they are more accepting of bisexual people

  • 41% are more accepting of non-binary people

  • 72% were more likely to be comfortable learning that a family member is LGBTQ

  • 79% exposed to LGBTQ people in the media are comfortable having a new LGBTQ family with children move into their neighborhood

  • 85% believe it illustrates the company’s commitment to offering products to all types of customers

*The survey was conducted online between Nov. 20 to Dec. 3, 2019, and polled more than 2,000 non-LGBTQ American adults conducted by advocacy group GLAAD  and Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest advertiser. The percentages are based on the number of respondents to the survey.

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