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This morning, Gallup, a research institution, published new data on LGBT Americans, and the facts are fascinating. The Obergefell decision was two years ago already, which is hard to believe, and the new data from Gallup is meant to show some of the ways the LGBT community has changed since gay marriage was made legal in the United States.
As pastors and church leaders seek to better understand, reach, and equip Millennials, understanding the LGBT community is important. So, here are seven surprising facts about the LGBT community:
This number is sort of shockingly high to me, but my guess is that it is because these LGBT Americans have recognized their sexual orientation after becoming married to someone of the opposite sex and have opted not to leave the relationship. But, perhaps not. I don’t know.
The most interested data point of this entire study is that there are fewer LGBT Americans married to someone of the same sex than are married to someone of the opposite sex. You would think the numbers would be opposite and have more disparity.
This number is much lower than most Americans think. The difference in perception versus reality is likely due to the fact that many straight Americans speak up and act on behalf of their LGBT friends, despite being straight and not included in this number.
Wow. About a third of Americans believe the LGBT population makes up a quarter of all Americans. That is…high.
Similar to the above statistic, Americans believe about 23% of the U.S. is LGBT. That’s about 6x too high. Again, I think the reason is that a much higher percentage of Americans advocate for LGBT rights than are actually LGBT.
About 11% of LGBT men are married to a same-sex spouse, whereas about 9% of LGBT women are married to a same-sex spouse. Approximately 13% of both sexes are married to someone of the opposite sex.
According to the Gallup data, this is up from 47% of LGBT Americans before the Obergefell decision. So, the Gallup data says that the percentage of single LGBT Americans has increased by almost 10% since the legalization of gay marriage. That doesn’t make sense. My only guess is that the number of young, unmarried LGBT Americans surveyed simply increased from one study to another. But, I don’t know.
Thoughts on all of these fascinating data points? How might this affect how you try to reach people in your communities?