5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 16

1. The Democratic National Committee named its new CEO late last week. Meet her here. 2. According to the latest Gallup poll, US support for same-sex marriage is at an all-time high. 3. Chelsea Manning, t...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Feb. 7

1. Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Terri L. Smith, the director of HIV prevention services for ALPA Health in Los Angeles, writes about how taking care of oneself could be seen as a political ac...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, June 22

1. Media Matters for America analyzed cable news coverage of the Orlando shootings and found that Fox News significantly underrepresented LGBT voices and that none of the networks featured many Hispanic or Musl...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 24

1. The New York Times details how the push to advance bathroom rights for transgender Americans reached the White House. 2. A Gallup poll shows that 53 percent of Americans over age 65 say that same-sex marr...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Jan. 22

1. The Feds reportedly spent about a half-million dollars studying gay hookup apps like Grindr to determine whether they increase the likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behavior. 2. America's acceptance ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Aug. 13

1.  A new Gallup poll finds that LGBT Americans are less likely to be religious than their non-LGBT counterparts.  One reason for this? The fact many churches preach anti-gay doctrine. However, Gallup didn’t su...
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Gallup: 3.4% of Americans identify as LGBT


A new survey conducted by public opinion research firm Gallup has found that 3.4 percent of Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The poll, conducted between June 1 and Sept. 30, 2012, asked participants “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?” More than 121,000 responses were collected, according to Gallup.

Previous surveys have shown the number of LGBT Americans could be as high as 4 percent. Gallup says this most recent study is the largest such study on record.

Other findings show that women are more likely to be LGBT than men, but only by a slight margin: 3.6 percent of women surveyed identified as LGBT, while only 3.3 percent of men said the same.

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Gallup poll confirms gay marriage momentum

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Gallup released a new poll today that found a majority of Americans support legalizing same-sex unions. Gallup, which has regularly tracked the issue since the middle of last decade, found that 53 percent of Americans now support marriage equality.

In 2010, Gallup found that only 44 percent of Americans were in favor of such unions.

According to Gallup, only 27 percent of Americans supported legalizing same-sex marriage in 1996. Gallup's findings are in line with recent polls conducted by CNN/Opinion Research and CBS/Washington Post that also found a slim majority of Americans were supportive of same-sex marriage.