CV NEWS FEED // A recent Gallup Poll found that a massive 7.2% of American adults now identify as LGBTQ – double the number from 10 years ago.
According to Gallup, the 2022 figure of 7.2% represents a slight rise from 2021, where it was 7.1%. Overall, 86% of Americans surveyed still identified as heterosexual, while 7% declined to answer.
The poll found that younger generations were more likely to classify themselves as LGBTQ, with Gen Z at nearly a fifth (19.7%) and Millennials at 11.2%. Results were 3.3% or less for older generations.
The majority of the 7.2% who were LGBTQ-identifying said they were “bisexual” (4.2%). About one in five LGBT%-identifying adults “identify as gay, about one in seven say they are lesbian, and slightly fewer than one in 10 identify as transgender.”
Gallup first began surveying sexual identity in 2012, reporting that 3.5% of Americans identified as something other than heterosexual.
By 2017, the number had risen to 4.5% and did not significantly increase again until 2020, when 5.6% of respondents claimed an LGBTQ identity.