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Study: U.S. has 20 million LGBTQ adults

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A new study from the Human Rights Campaign found that more people in the U.S. are identify as LGBTQ than ever before.

The study, which used data from the PRRI’s American Values Atlas, the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, NORC’s General Social Survey, Gallup’s Daily Tracker, and the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, estimates as many as 20 million people in the country are LGBTQ.

According to the study, approximately 8% of respondents to the Household Pulse Survey self-selected that they were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. An additional 2% of participants identify with a sexual orientation that is something else other than lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight.

The data on transgender participants also suggest that more than 2 million adults (more than 1%) in America could identify as transgender, higher than previous estimates of 1.4 million.

Similar to other studies, bisexual people comprised the largest contingent of LGBTQ+ people, representing about 4% of participants, next to gay and lesbian adults who comprise 3%.

LGBTQ people live in every community across every state. Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas have the largest number of LGBTQ people who responded to the survey. California and Texas have the largest LGBTQ populations.

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