Louisiana LGBT population third among Deep South states

    Nearly 4% of Louisiana residents identify lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, according to a new analysis from UCLA’s school of law.  

    An estimated 4.5% of adults in the U.S., approximately 11.3 million people, identify as LGBT, according to the report, based on data from the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey. The majority of LGBT people (58%) are female and 29% of LGBT people over the age of 25 are raising children. Washington D.C. had the highest LGBT population (9.8%), followed by Nevada (5.5%), and Oregon (5.6%)

    Louisiana, at 3.9%, is third among traditional Deep South states when it comes to the percentage of LGBT people, behind Georgia (4.5%) and North Carolina (4%) but ahead of Mississippi (3.5%), Arkansas (3.3%) and Alabama (3.1%).   

    The findings show that LGBT people are diverse, although 50% are white, and live in every state, says Kerith Conron, research director at the Williams Institute at UCLA. In some states, LGBT people have higher unemployment rates. Read the full report.

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