February 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
D.C. has highest self-identified LGBT population in U.S.

Rise & Resist, LGBTQ History Month, gay news, Washington Blade

D.C. has the largest number of self-identifying LGBT adults in the United States, according to a recent Gallup poll.

The report found 8.6% LGBT residents in the District in 2015 and 2016, more than any state in the country. Vermont was the number one state with LGBT residents coming in at 5.3%. Followed by Massachusetts at 4.9%, California at 4.9%, Oregon at 4.9% and Nevada with 4.8%.

The states with the lowest percentage were South Dakota at 2%, North Dakota at 2.7%, Idaho at 2.8%, South Carolina at 3% and Montana at 3%.

The study found that the Pacific, Middle Atlantic and Rocky Mountain regions have had an increase in LGBT residents. The Pacific region increased by 0.7 points from 2012-2013 to 2015-2016. The Middle Atlantic and Rocky Mountain regions also increased by 0.5 points.

The increase in LGBT self-identification is partly credited towards millennials coming out more.

For a complete look at Gallup’s research, visit here. 

3 Comments
  • While this submission attributes the source of it’s information accurately. It fails in it’s interpretation of the data. Here is how it should have been edited by the editor.

    “The population of D.C. has the largest percentage of self-identifying LGBT adults in the United States, according to a recent Gallup poll.

    The report found 8.6% of residents in the District in 2015 and 2016 self identify as LGBT, a higher percentage than any state in the country. Vermont was the number one state with LGBT residents coming in at 5.3% of the states overall population. Followed by Massachusetts at 4.9%, California at 4.9%, Oregon at 4.9% and Nevada with 4.8%.
    The states with the lowest percentage were South Dakota at 2%, North Dakota at 2.7%, Idaho at 2.8%, South Carolina at 3% and Montana at 3%.
    The study found that the Pacific, Middle Atlantic and Rocky Mountain regions have had an increase in LGBT residents. The Pacific region increased by 0.7 points from 2012-2013 to 2015-2016. The Middle Atlantic and Rocky Mountain regions also increased by 0.5 points.
    The increase in LGBT self-identification is partly credited towards millennials coming out more.”

  • Millenials are coming out more because we boomers created worlds of queer possibility for them!

    • GLBT Activists paved the way, changing America in ways that were unimaginable just two generations ago! What used to be considered taboo and a crime, is now able to be out in the open with dignity and self-respect. Still the freedom is mainly in major cities and less certain outside of them!

      The key is to avoid taking those possibilities for granted and NEVER assume those rights aren’t constantly under stress or in danger of being taken away!

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