Nearly 30% of Gen Z women identify as LGBTQ, Gallup survey finds

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The percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer adults successful nan U.S. continues to increase, reaching an all-time precocious of 7.6% successful 2023, according to a caller Gallup report. Broken down by gender, nan study of 12,000 group 18 and older crossed nan state recovered that women were astir doubly arsenic apt arsenic men to place arsenic LGBTQ.

“Almost 30% of Gen Z women place arsenic LGBTQ+, astir arsenic bisexual,” Jeffrey Jones, a elder editor astatine Gallup, told NBC News. “That’s wherever a batch of nan maturation seems to beryllium happening.”

This is nan first twelvemonth Gallup has laid retired its yearly LGBTQ recognition study successful a measurement that breaks down each procreation by gender. Looking astatine each generations, 8.5% of women and 4.7% of men identified arsenic LGBTQ, nan study found. The study reported margins of sampling correction of positive aliases minus 4 percent points among LGBTQ respondents.

Parsing each generation, nan gender communicative gets much interesting. In nan 3 younger generations surveyed — Generation Z, millennials and Generation X — women are much apt than men to place arsenic LGBTQ. However, successful nan 2 oldest generations — baby boomers and nan Silent Generation — it is reversed. (The gender breakdown does not relationship for nonbinary respondents, who represented astir 1% of those surveyed.)

The group most apt to identify as LGBTQ, by far, was Generation Z women (ages 18 to 26), 28.5% of whom identified arsenic LGBTQ successful nan survey. The lion’s stock of them, of each Gen Z women surveyed, 20.7%, identified arsenic bisexual, followed by 5.4% who identified arsenic lesbians. Gen Z women were astir 3 times much apt than Gen Z men to place arsenic LGBTQ.

Bisexuals made up nan highest percent of LGBTQ respondents, astatine 57.3% — aliases 4.4% of each adults surveyed. Gay men represented 18.1% of LGBTQ respondents, lesbians 15.1% and transgender group 11.8%, nan study found. 

“It’s important really overmuch nan LGBTQ organization is bisexual, and that’s decidedly thing we spot among nan younger generations,” Jones said.

Jones besides noted that nan study allows respondents to constitute successful their identities if they are not among nan provided options, and he said much group are penning successful “pansexual” and “asexual,” though they are still a mini proportionality of respondents — 3% of LGBTQ respondents and 0.2% of full respondents. 

As Gallup has noted successful its previous yearly surveys, younger generations are acold much apt to place arsenic LGBTQ than their older counterparts. 

“Overall, each younger procreation is astir doubly arsenic apt arsenic nan procreation that preceded it to place arsenic LGBTQ+,” says nan report, which was published Wednesday. “More than 1 successful 5 Gen Z adults, ranging successful property from 18 to 26 successful 2023, place arsenic LGBTQ+, arsenic do astir 1 successful 10 millennials (aged 27 to 42).”

Only 1% of those successful nan Silent Generation, nan youngest of whom are successful their precocious 70s, identified arsenic LGBTQ.

Since Gallup started measuring nan U.S. LGBTQ organization successful 2012, erstwhile 3.5% of respondents identified arsenic portion of nan community, location has been a accordant increase. Jones expects nan inclination to continue. 

“Sometime successful nan adjacent 10 to 30 years, we’ll deed 10%,” he said. 

How soon that happens, he added, depends partially connected nan life span of those successful nan Silent Generation, who are nan slightest apt to place arsenic LGBTQ, astatine conscionable complete 1%.

Brooke Sopelsa

Brooke Sopelsa is nan editorial head of NBC Out, NBC News' LGBTQ integer destination.