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Percentage of US Gays Highest in Washington, DC: Poll

Feb 22, 2013
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The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is highest in the nation's capital, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

Ten percent of Washington D.C. residents identified themselves as LGBT -- more than twice the national average of 3.5 percent -- in the survey conducted from June-December 2012 that represents the "largest single study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record."

The results are based on responses to the question, "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?" included in 206,186 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted between June 1 and Dec. 30, 2012.

Hawaii ranks the second highest at 5.1 percent, followed by Vermont and Oregon at 4.9 percent, Maine at 4.8 percent and Rhode Island at 4.5 percent. North Dakota is the lowest at 1.7 percent, with Montana, Tennessee and Mississippi coming in just above that state at 2.6 percent.

Overall, the results from the analysis of LGBT identity by state may run counter to some stereotypes that portray the LGBT community as heavily grouped in certain areas, Gallup said.

Indeed, large metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and New York City are typically associated with having large LGBT populations and are home to thriving LGBT communities.

But in sharp contrast to those perceptions, the study tags New York State at No. 14, with a 3.8-percent LGBT population, behind Arizona and Kentucky. California stands at No. 10 on the list, with a 4-percent rate of LGBT, behind Nevada at No. 9 and South Dakota at No. 8.



Source: Copyright Xinhua News Agency - CEIS 2013


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