Increasing numbers of population-based surveys in the United States and across the world include questions that allow for an estimate of the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT population. This research brief discusses challenges associated with collecting better information about the LGBT community and reviews eleven recent US and international surveys that ask sexual orientation or gender identity questions. Increasing numbers of population-based surveys in the United States and across the world include questions designed to measure sexual orientation and gender identity. 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. Examples include assessing health and economic disparities in the LGBT community, understanding the prevalence of anti-LGBT discrimination, and considering the economic impact of marriage equality or the provision of domestic partnership benefits to same-sex couples. This research brief discusses challenges associated with collecting better information about the LGBT community and reviews findings from eleven recent US and international surveys that ask sexual orientation or gender identity questions.
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As more and more states legalize same-sex marriage, this topic continues to dominate the news on a daily basis, both in the United States and abroad. Yesterday the New York Times, Fox News, the Huffington Post, Reuters and other major media outlets, gave prominent coverage to story of Edie Windsor, the year old widow who is taking her marriage equality battle to the Supreme Court. Windsor, who was faithful to her now-deceased same sex marriage mate more than 40 years, is an outstanding exception to the statistics on gay and lesbian couples cited below. Gay and lesbian couples embarking on same sex marriage would do well to check out the statistics on infidelity among lesbians and gays.
About Follow Donate. Polling and Analysis. Back to report home. Strong opposition to the idea of gay marriage is the plurality position. The survey also finds that most who are opposed to gay marriage believe that it would be enough to prohibit it by law, and that a constitutional amendment is not necessary.