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 Columbia 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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