New Poll Reveals Doubling of U.S. Adults Identifying as LGBTQ+ Over 12 Years

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In a groundbreaking revelation, Gallup’s recent polling data has unveiled a remarkable shift in the landscape of sexual orientation and gender identity in the United States.

The statistics paint a vivid picture of a rapidly evolving societal landscape, where the number of American adults identifying as LGBTQ+ has more than doubled over the past 12 years.

According to Gallup’s latest findings, a significant 7.6% of U.S. adults now align themselves with the LGBTQ+ community. This staggering increase marks a substantial leap from the mere 3.5% recorded in 2012 when Gallup first embarked on collecting such data.

Polls: Adults Identifying as LGBTQ+ (Credits: CNN)

Even more striking is the comparison to just four years ago, when the figure stood at 5.6%, underscoring the swift and profound nature of this transformation.

The implications of this seismic shift extend far beyond mere numbers; they reflect a profound societal evolution in attitudes and perceptions towards sexual orientation and gender identity.

This surge in self-identification speaks volumes about the increasing visibility and acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals and communities across various facets of American life.

The journey towards greater LGBTQ+ visibility and acceptance has been a long and arduous one, marked by decades of activism, advocacy, and cultural change. From the Stonewall riots to the fight for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ individuals and allies have tirelessly pushed for recognition, dignity, and equal rights under the law.

The fruits of these labors are evident in Gallup’s latest findings, which reflect a nation that is increasingly embracing diversity and inclusion.

Yet, amidst this progress, challenges persist. Discrimination, violence, and prejudice continue to plague LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly those from marginalized communities.

Transgender and non-binary individuals, in particular, face disproportionate rates of violence, discrimination, and systemic barriers to access healthcare, housing, and employment. Moreover, the political landscape remains fraught with debates over LGBTQ+ rights and equality.

While significant strides have been made in recent years, including the legalization of same-sex marriage and the repeal of discriminatory policies such as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” LGBTQ+ rights remain a hotly contested issue in many parts of the country.

Polls: Adults Identifying as LGBTQ+ (Credits: CNN)

Efforts to roll back protections for LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly transgender and non-binary people, continue to be a source of concern and mobilization for activists and allies alike.

In light of these challenges, Gallup’s polling data serves as both a cause for celebration and a call to action. It underscores the importance of continued advocacy, education, and allyship in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality.

It reminds us that progress is neither linear nor guaranteed and that the work of building a more inclusive and equitable society requires ongoing dedication and commitment from all quarters.

As we reflect on Gallup’s findings, let us reaffirm our commitment to building a world where every individual, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can live authentically, freely, and without fear of discrimination or persecution. It is through collective action and solidarity that we can truly fulfill the promise of equality and justice for all.

I'm Richard Rosales, I cover political news and ongoing US elections.