A Gallup poll found that more Americans than ever identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
According to the poll, the amount of people in the United States who identify as LGBTQ rose from 4.5% in 2017 to 5.6% in 2021. While 86% of respondents identified as heterosexual, 7% declined to disclose their sexual orientation which was up from 5% in 2017. The Gallup poll also found that 54% of Americans who identify as LGBTQ are bisexual and 11% identify as transgender. Women were also found to be more likely than men to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
Younger generations of Americans are increasingly likely to identify as LGBTQ, according to the Gallup poll. One in six young adults aged 18 to 23 identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. In addition, nearly half of millennials who indicated they identify as LGBT say they are bisexual. As the rate of Americans identifying as LGBTQ increases with each generation, Gallup predicted that the rise will continue while acknowledging the possible reasons.