LGB population by age group

Population differs by age group
LGBT DemographicsSource: Williams Institute, 2014

According to a 2017 Gallup poll, millennials are more than twice as likely as any other generation to identify as LGBT. In 2012, they accounted for 43% of LGBT-identified adults. As a result of their disproportionate increases in identification since then, they now account for 58%. Millennials comprise 32% of the general adult population. Although the Gallup study included LGB and T, the 2014 analysis by the Williams Institute indicates similar trends for lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults.

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Read more about the demographics of the LGBT population, including differences by age group, in this 2014 study from the Williams Institute of UCLA.

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Gates, G.J. (2014). LGBT demographics: Comparisons among population-based surveys. Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law. https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/lgbt-demo-comp-pop-surveys/

Gates, G.J. (2017). In US, more adults identifying as LGBT. Gallup. http://news.gallup.com/poll/201731/lgbt-identification-rises.aspx

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Most population surveys group LGBT together in their questions. Visit the STATS section for the most recent LGBT studies from Gallup, the Williams Institute, the CDC and Pew Research.

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