Human Rights Campaign President on New Gallup Poll Confirming the Growing Power of the LGBTQ Community

by Aryn Fields

Today, Gallup released a new poll that showed a growing percentage of adults in the U.S. are LGBTQ identifying. In response, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David released the following statement:

“This poll confirms what we have long known—that the LGBTQ community is powerful and a growing force in the United States, and around the world. Young adults, in particular, feel empowered to publicly claim their identities—a compelling finding and validation for the past generations of LGBTQ advocates who have long fought for full equality. As a growing percentage of the population comes out as LGBTQ, it only amplifies the need for the Equality Act to be passed through Congress swiftly and with bipartisan support in order to secure consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across all areas of life.”

Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President

Key Points from the poll:

  • Today, results from a 2020 Gallup poll were released that showed the estimate of LGBTQ identifying American adults has risen by more than one percentage point from the previous 2017 update.
    • 5.6% of U.S. adults identify as LGBTQ. The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup's previous update based on 2017 data.
    • More than half of LGBTQ individuals (54.6%) identify as bisexual.
    • One in six adults in Generation Z identify as LGBTQ, more than any previous generation.
    • Women are more likely than men to identify as LGBTQ (6.4% vs. 4.9%, respectively).

Americans have grown increasingly supportive of equal rights for the LGBTQ community and a growing percentage of Americans identify themselves as LGBTQ—signaling that public acceptance is critical for LGBTQ individuals to feel safe identifying as their true selves.

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