It was in 1964 that Bob Dylan famously said, “the times they are a-changin’.” Nearly 60 years later, the phrase still applies — in a good way! Don’t get us wrong, there’s still much more work that needs to be done for the LGBT community in America, but we’re moving in the right direction as a nation.

 

Studies show that:

1. Americans are the most accepting they’ve ever been.

  • 63% of Americans believed homosexuality should be accepted by society in 2016 (compared to 51% in 2006).
  • 67% of Americans support the idea of same-sex marriage.
  • 92% of LGBT adults believe society has become more accepting in recent years.

2. “B” makes up the largest percentage of LGBT people.

A 2011 study found that bisexuals make up the largest percentage of LGBT adults.

  • 1.8% of American adults identify as bisexual.
  • 1.7% of American adults identify as gay or lesbian.
  • 0.6% of American adults identify as transgender.

3. Gay and lesbian people are more likely to be “out.”

Despite the fact that statistically, more people identify as bisexual, they’re less likely to be out than gays and lesbians. Many believe this is because there’s still a stigma around bisexuality, as many people (incorrectly) believe that bisexuals just haven’t admitted to themselves that they’re gay.  

Bisexuals who are married to or in a committed with someone of the opposite sex are also far less likely to come out.

4. LGBT people are present in every demographic, but some more than others.

Gender

  • 3.7% of adult men identify as LGBT*
  • 4.4% of adult women identify as LGBT*

Ethnicity

  • 3.6% of white Americans identify as LGBT*
  • 4.6% of black Americans identify as LGBT*
  • 5.4% of Hispanic Americans identify as LGBT*
  • 4.9% of Asian Americans identify as LGBT*

Age

  • 7.3% of Americans ages 18-36 identify as LGBT*
  • 3.2% of Americans ages 37-51 identify as LGBT*
  • 2.4% of Americans ages 52-71 identify as LGBT*
  • 1.4% of Americans ages 72+ identify as LGBT*

*According to a 2016 Pew Research Study

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