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According to Gallup’s latest poll, just over 5% of adult Americans identify as LGBT. This estimate has increased over one percentage point since 2017.

The poll was released on Feb. 24, 2021 and says that 5.6% of Americans over the age of 18 idenitfy as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This estimate was found after 15,000 interviews completed through 2020. 

Of those interviewed, 86% identified as straight or heterosexual. Seven percent declined to answer, which has increased from 5% in 2017. 

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Gallup “did not routinely measure” LGBT identification in 2018 and 2019. Since 2017, questions about sexual orientation and identity have been added to include more detail. Instead of just responding to whether they identify as LGBT or straight, participants can now say they are transgender. 

More than half of the people, 54%, who said they identified as LGBT, specified that they were bisexual and 11% say they are transgender. Additionally, 3.3% offered other terms for their orientation including queer or same gender loving. Gallup specified that interviewees can give multiple responses. 

However, younger generations are more likely to identify as lesbian, gay, busexual or transgender. One in six adults from Generation Z, ages 18 to 23, will say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. 

Less Americans in older generations identify as LGBT. The report says 2% or less of those 56 and older are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. 

Written ByAshley Grams

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