Current estimates of lgb teen population in the US

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In 2016, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the first nationally representative study of the health risks of U.S. lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students, based on the findings from its 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. 2015 was the first year that the CDC included questions about sexual orientation in its annual survey, conducted among more than 15,000 high school students across the U.S.

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Learn more about the findings in the CDC report, including data about the health disparities experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students in the U.S.

Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12


Kann, L., Olsen, E.O., McManus, T., et al. (2016, August). Sexual identity, sex of sexual contacts, and health-related behaviors among students in grades 9–12 — United States and selected sites, 2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summaries, 65(SS-9), 1-202.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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