Mainstream media and many gay blogs posted the findings, but I wanted to make a few of my own observations. Gallup found nationally, 3.5% of the population self-identify as LGBT. Not surprising, 7 of the 10 states and D.C. with the highest LGBT population are among the most liberal in the country. Conversely, 6 of the 10 states with the lowest percentage are among the most conservative in the country. What I draw from this is many likely remain closeted in those most conservative areas of our country and while the LGBT population is not currently anywhere near 10% it would be higher in a more accepting society.
For those who find themselves focused on LGBT issues like DOMA and Marriage Equality, this news must certainly be heartening. I cannot think of another minority group who represents such a small fraction of the total population in the US that has fostered so much change in the last 30 years. Think about the advancements in reshaping perceptions about what it means to be gay, how we’ve been at the forefront for sexual health regarding candid discussions around safe sex and AIDS research, and lastly think of the legal obstacles we’ve overcome. It is in no small part due to the work done by our community and our ability to work with allies who come in the form of family and friends too.
You may view all the results and read more about this on Gallup’s site here.