STUDY: African Americans Make Up Largest Share of LGBT Community
A recent Gallup survey finds that people of color are more likely to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
4.6 percent of African Americans identify at LGBT; compared to 4 percent of Latinos and 4.3 percent of Asian Americans. Only 3.2 percent of whites say they are LGBT.
These survey results stand in stark contrast to the stereotypical rendering of LGBT people as wealthy, single white males.
“‘This data reveals that, relative to the general population, the LGBT population has a larger proportion of non-white people and clearly is not overly wealthy,’ said study author and demographer Gary Gates, of the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.
‘It helps to counter what I think are some inappropriate stereotypes of the LGBT community,’ he added in an interview with USA Today. ‘If you spend a lot of time watching network television, you would think most LGBT people are rich white men who live in big cities. These data suggest the LGBT community reflects more of the diversity in the U.S. population.’
Others say the findings help to debunk stereotypes about blacks and Latinos being overwhelmingly homophobic.”
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