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The District of Columbia almost doubles any other American state for people identifying as LGBT

D.C. is a clear frontrunner with a massive lead over Vermont, California, Oregon and Massachusetts

District of Columbia almost doubles any other American state for people identifying as LGBT
Jason Pier/Flickr – Washington District of Columbia Pride event 2009

A new report shows the District of Columbia (D.C.) in Washington has the highest population of self-identifying LGBT people.

8.6% of people identify as LGBT in the American state of D.C., followed by 5.3% in Vermont and 4.9% in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.

The report found that the Pacific, Middle Atlantic and Rocky Mountain regions have all had an increase in LGBT residents.

Gallup national LGBT poll
Gallup national LGBT poll district of columbia

States with the least number of LGBT people include South Dakota (2%), North Dakota (2.7%) and Idaho (2.8%).

The report points to factors such as millennial influences and greater social acceptance.

This includes the rise in mobility when traveling to different states if someone is feeling unsafe in their home state.

The report states: ‘State-level rankings by the portion of adults identifying as LGBT clearly relate to the regional differences in LGBT social acceptance.

‘[These] tend to be higher in the East and West and lower in the South and Midwest.’

The figures are based on data collected in 2015/16 and include phone interviews from more than 400,000 people.

As the capital of the United States, the District of Columbia is also one of the most progressive states.

10 Million LGBT people in America

A new study revealed that there are over 10 million people who now identify as LGBT in America.

The study reported a 1.75 million increase of people who identify as LGBT than five years ago.

Gallup said: ‘These figures imply that more than an estimated 10 million adults now identify as LGBT in the U.S. today, approximately 1.75 million more compared with 2012.’

The overall percentage increased from 3.5% in 2012 to 4.1% in 2016.

 

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