GLBTIQ Facts

  • There are more than 10 million adults in the US who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, comprising 3.8% of the adult population.

  • 58 percent of Americans now believe that it should be legal for same-sex couples to get married; 36 percent say it should be illegal.   

  • According to recent gay bullying statistics, gay and lesbian teens are two to three times as more likely to commit teen suicide than other youths.   

  • About 30 percent of all completed suicides have been related to sexual identity crisis.

  • Between 1996 and 2006, over 60 campuses established LGBT Centers. Today, over 100 LGBT Centers exist on college campuses across the nation, many of which are staffed by paid employees.

  • The College Equality Index reports that 38 colleges currently offer gender-neutral housing options for LGBT students.

  • 13.4% of LGBT students who experience frequent verbal harassment don't plan to attend college after high school. Only 6.7% don't intend to go to college if they experience less frequent or rare verbal harassment.

  • According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), 20% of college students fear for their physical safety due to their gender identity or their perceived sexual orientation.
  • The most common form of harassment towards LGBT college students is derogatory remarks. However, verbal threats, graffiti and the pressure to keep quiet about sexual orientation and/or gender identity are also common.
  • An NGLTF study found that 29% of students did not feel that their curriculum adequately represents contributions of LGBT individuals.
  • According to the College Equality Index, four schools currently have an LGBT Major: Evergreen State University, Hampshire College, Sarah Lawrence College and Hobart William Smith Colleges.
  • According to an NGLTF study, 31% of college students feel that their college's administration thoroughly addresses LGBT issues on campus.
  • The College Equality Index reports that 14 colleges are considered to be "trans-friendly," meaning that the school has gender identity inclusive non

    -discrimination statements, gender neutral housing and gender neutral restrooms.  

Source: Campus Explorer LGBT College Statistics

LGBT Percentages by State

A 2012 Gallup Poll asked if individuals personally identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. All states were within two percentage points of the overall national average of 3.5%. 

State Yes, I do
No, I don't
Number of Interviews
1. District of Colombia 10.0% 88.0% 493
2. Hawaii
5.1% 91.7% 643
3. Vermont  4.9% 93.3% 664
4. Oregon  4.9%  92.1%  3,655 
5. Maine
4.8%
91.1%
1,286
6. Rhode Island
4.5%
89.2%
735
7. Massachusetts
4.4%
91.3%
4,253
8. South Dakota
4.4%
92.1%
722
9. Nevada
4.2%
92.2%
1,493
10. California
4.0%
91.9%
18,636
11. Washington
4.0%
92.6%
5,990
12. Kentucky
3.9%
92.4%
3,415
13. Arizona
3.9%
92.8%
4,793
14. New York
3.8%
91.2%
9,917
15. Michigan
3.8%
92.1%
5,913
16. Illinois
3.8%
92.0%
7,038
17. New Hampshire
3.7%
90.7%
1,009
18. New Jersey
3.7%
91.3%
4,999
19. Indiana
3.7%
91.9%
4,947
20. Kansas
3.7%
93.6%
2,174
21. Ohio
3.6%
92.5%
7,543
22. Georgia
3.5%
92.1%
6,177
23. Florida
3.5%
91.9%
11,286
24. Arkansas
3.5%
93.1%
2,165
25. Connecticut
3.4%
93.5%
2,306
26. Delaware
3.4%
92.9%
668
27. Oklahoma
3.4%
92.1%
3,060
28. Alaska
3.4%
93.8%
613
29. Maryland
3.3%
93.0%
4,195
30. Missouri
3.3%
92.5%
4,219
31. North Carolina
3.3%
92.5%
7,175
32. Texas
3.3%
92.4%
13,314
33. Louisiana
3.2%
90.4%
2,888
34. Colorado
3.2%
93.2%
4,400
35. West Virginia
3.1%
92.5%
1,410
36. Minnesota
2.9%
93.4%
4,365
37. Virginia
2.9%
92.7%
6,323
38. South Carolina
2.9%
93.1%
3,370
39. Wyoming
2.9%
93.7%
735
40. New Mexico
2.9%
93.1%
1,861
41. Wisconsin
2.8%
92.9%
4,633
42. Iowa
2.8%
93.4%
2,692
43. Alabama
2.8%
92.5%
3,603
44. Pennsylvania
2.7%
92.8%
9,716
45. Nebraska
2.7%
92.9%
1,592
46. Idaho
2.7%
94.4%
1,582
47. Utah
2.7%
94.1%
2,726
48. Tennessee
2.6%
92.5%
4,889
49. Mississippi
2.6%
92.5%
1,961
50. Montana
2.6%
94.8%
1,329
51. North Dakota
1.7%
93.7%
615

Source: Gallup Poll

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