5.6 Percent of Americans Identify as LGBT in Latest US Estimate


According to Gallup’s latest update on lesbian, gay, bi, or trans people, 5.6 percent of US adults identify as LGBT. The current estimate is 1.1 percent higher than Gallup’s previous update based on 2017 data.

86.7 percent of Americans currently identify themselves as straight, and 7.6 percent chose not to answer the question. In comparison, 5 percent of people had ‘no opinion’ responses in Gallup’s 2012-2017 data.
The latest results are based on more than 15,000 interviews that were conducted throughout 2020 with Americans aged 18 or older. Additionally, the identity question that was asked in 2020 offers more detail than the question that was asked in previous years. Respondents now indicate their precise orientation, rather than simply answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when asked if they identify as LGBT.

Rebasing these percentages to represent their share of the U.S. adult population finds 3.1% of Americans identifying as bisexual, 1.4% as gay, 0.7% as lesbian and 0.6% as transgender.

According to the survey, the majority of LGBT Americans identify as bi. More than half of LGBT adults identify as bi. About a quarter said that they’re gay, with 11.7 percent identifying as lesbian, and 11.3 percent as trans.

Source: Gallup