Report: 1 million African-Americans identify as LGBT

October 19, 2013 /LGBT News/ According to a recent study by the Williams Institute, the number of African-Americans within the LBGTQ community is rising fast.

The study estimates that 1,018,700 or 3.7 percent of African-American adults in the USA are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) and 34 percent of African-American same-sex couples are raising children. Currently, the estimated 84,000 African-American individuals in same-sex couples tend to live in areas where there are higher proportions of African-Americans. For example, a quarter of African-American same-sex couples live in Georgia, New York, North Carolina, and Maryland.

The report highlights some key findings, including the fact that 47% of same sex couples with one African-American partner feature another partner of another race, and 58% of African-American LGBT couples are female. 

Another significant finding in the report is that LGBT African-American females and African-American females in same-sex couples are three times more likely to report military service than their non-LGBT counterparts.

The report used data from the 2010 U.S. Census, a Gallup Data tracking survey, and the 2008-2010 American Community Survey.


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