A record 5.6% of U.S. adults identify as LGBTQ, up from 4.5% in 2017: Gallup


An increasing number of people in the U.S. identify as LGBTQ, according to a new survey published Wednesday by Gallup.

In its latest update on LGBTQ identification, the analytics giant estimated that 5.6% of adults self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

The number represents a rise of more than one percentage point since the last time the survey was conducted.

In 2017, researchers found that 4.5% of the U.S. population identified as non-heterosexual, showing a trend growing since Gallup started tracking identification in 2012, when 3.5% said they identified as LGBTQ.

The data “reflects what we are seeing in society and the way society is changing,” Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones said, according to USA Today.

The results of the survey were based on answers of more than 15,000 people, aged 18 and older, in interviews that were conducted in 2020.

According to researchers, 86.7% people said they were heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% didn’t answer the question about their sexual orientation.

Respondents were allowed to give multiple responses when describing their sexual identification.

Among the respondents who identified as LGBTQ, more than half of them (54.6%) said they were bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) identified as gay, 11.7% responded lesbian and 11.3% said they were transgender.

“An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving,” Gallup reported.

Age seems to be a major contributor for LGBTQ identification.

“One of the main reasons LGBT identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual,” researchers noted, which includes 15.9% of Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2002).

In contrast, for people born before 1965, that rate dropped to 2% or lower.