Only 3.5 percent of U.S. adults are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), according to an April 2011 study conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles.
The report also found that only about 0.3 percent of American adults are transgender.
"Understanding the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population is a critical first step to informing a host of public policy and research topics,” wrote Gary J. Gates, the Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA School of Law.
Gates illustrates that LGBT make up roughly the entire population of New Jersey, which is America’s fourth smallest state according to land mass but the eleventh most populous state.
His findings were released by the Williams Institute, a UCLA-affiliated think tank that specializes in sexual orientation and gender identity studies.
Information for the research is based on two state-level and four national population-based surveys conducted between the years 2004-2009. The study also reveals the composition of the groups.
Slightly more than half of the LGBT population is bisexual , or 1.8 percent of the total U.S. population. Women are substantially more likely than men to be bisexuals.
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