Percentages of Americans identifying as LGBT doubles over past decade: Gallup

Number appears to be holding stable after sharp rise.
Gay pride celebrations in New York City

February 22, 2023 2:11pm

Updated: February 22, 2023 2:20pm

The number of Americans who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender has doubled over the last decade, Gallup polling shows, with the number holding roughly steady over the past 12 months. 

Polling released by Gallup on Wednesday found that "U.S. adults’ identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or something other than heterosexual" was 7.2% in 2022.

"The current percentage is double what it was when Gallup first measured LGBT identification a decade ago," the polling organization noted. 

That number held roughly steady from 2021 to 2022, Gallup noted. 

The percentage of the population identified as LGBT has historically been much lower than current levels, with Gallup pointing out that those identities have surged in popularity in recent years.

"LGBT identification has become much more common in the U.S. in the past decade," the organization said, adding: "With many more younger than older adults seeing themselves as something other than heterosexual, the LGBT share of the entire U.S. adult population can be expected to grow in future years."