The latest estimate is based on over , interviews conducted as part of Gallup's daily tracking in Gallup's LGBT estimates are based on those respondents who say "yes" when asked, "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender? The expansion in the number of Americans who identify as LGBT is driven primarily by the cohort of millennials, defined as those born between and The percentage of millennials who identify as LGBT expanded from 7. There was no change last year in LGBT percentage among baby boomers born through and traditionalists born prior to LGBT identification is lower as age increases, although there is a particularly large jump between millennials and those in the next oldest generation, defined as Generation X.
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Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign. Only 30 years ago, 57 percent of Americans believed consensual gay sex should be illegal. Today, same-sex marriage has been achieved nationally, gays can serve openly in the military, and most gay people live in states that protect them from discrimination. An openly gay man is running a serious campaign for president and his homosexuality is considered immaterial, if not an advantage that distinguishes him from a crowded field.
A record 4.5 percent of U.S. adults identify as LGBT, Gallup estimates
Americans have grown more accepting of homosexuality in recent decades. But that clear trend has obscured other fascinating shifts in perceptions and attitudes. For one thing, Americans tend to greatly overestimate the percentage of the population that identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
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