Study: Nine million Americans are gay or lesbian
April 11, 2011
A new national study indicates that 9 million Americans identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. [Los Angeles Times]
The research, released Thursday by the Williams Institute at UCLA’s School of Law, claims that 3.5 percent of the national population admit to being lesbian, gay, or bisexual. The figure is well below the 10 percent number put forth by gay rights advocates over the years. Another 0.3 percent consider themselves to be transgender.
Researchers cautioned that actual numbers are difficult to pinpoint because national surveys tend to be inconsistent and insufficient.
The UCLA study culled data and methods from nine surveys conducted over the last seven years and averaged results from five of those surveys to estimate sexual orientation and results from two surveys to estimate the transgender population.
It also found an estimated 8.2 percent of Americans reported participating in same-sex sexual activity; and an estimated 11 percent held some same-sex sexual attraction, but neither group necessarily identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.