5 LGBT things you need to know today, August 20

1. “By this time next year, it will be over as a legal matter.” Former National Organization for Marriage spokesperson throws in the towel on marriage equality.2. UCLA's Williams Institute says legalizing s...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, July 23

1. “With gay marriage now legal in 19 other states, there’s no longer any reason for Bondi’s lawyers to pad legal briefs with mushy speculation about the imagined horrors. We’ve now got 19 laboratories out ther...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, July 22

1. Hit CBS show “Two and a Half Men” is going to explore gay adoption in its final season by having Ashton Kutcher's character marry Jon Cryer's character and adopting a child together. Both characters in the s...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, May 14

1. It was an emotional first day of the crucial gay marriage case in Virginia, Bostic v. Schaefer. A panel of judges sharply disagreed over whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the Constitution...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 16

1. “Mr. President, how can we help you evolve more quickly?” NY Times Magazine has a deep dive on how President Obama got to "I do" on gay marriage, adapted from the hotly anticipated book "Forcing the Spring: ...

5 LGBT things you need to know today, April 3

1. “Lesbian Irish penguins” is not only the best band name ever, it's also a reality. Dingle Oceanworld, an aquarium in Ireland, has announced that two female penguins, Penelope and Missy, have paired off for t...
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Report: 1 million African-American people in U.S. identify as LGBT

A new report by the Williams Institute, a think tank of the UCLA School of Law, finds that there are 1 million black people who identify as LGBT and one of the states with the most black gay couples includes Georgia.

The 1 million figure accounts for 3.7 percent of African American adults, according to the report titled, "LGBT African-American Individuals and African-American Same-Sex Couples."

There are an estimated 84,000 African American people in same-sex relationships with 25 percent of that number living in Georgia, New York, North Carolina and Maryland, the report states.

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Census: Close to 30,000 same-sex couples live together in Ga.

Almost 30,000 same-sex couples live together in Georgia, according to data released Thursday from the 2010 Census, and more than 28 percent are raising children. The total numbers show a sharp increase from the 19,288 same-sex unmarried partners reported in the state in the 2000 Census.

The increase is likely due to a combination of better outreach and more lesbian and gay Georgians feeling safe to come out on the confidential form, according to Jeff Graham, executive director of statewide gay political group Georgia Equality.

"The Census Bureau and community organizations did a much better job in 2010 of conducting outreach to the LGBT community than in 2000, therefore more people knew how to respond and the importance of responding," noted Graham, whose organization joined in outreach efforts as the Census was underway last year.

In addition, "as acceptance of our families has grown, more people are willing to stand up and be counted," Graham said. "As more data is collected on the LGBT community in general, the more accurate and comprehensive that data will be."

The federal government conducts a full Census every 10 years. The 2010 Census did not ask respondents to indicate their sexual orientation, so it can't be used to count single gay people.