A new poll conducted by Gallop has revealed that the number of Americans who identify as LGBT has rocketed in the last few years.
According to their findings, which they have gathered over the last five years, the number of LGBT Americans rose from 3.5% in 2012 to 4.1% in 2016. Gallop also estimated that there are now 10,052,000 LGBT people living in the US, and 2016 was the year which the 10 million threshold was passed.
They also found that millenials are twice as likely to identify as LGBT and asre also the the age group with the highest numbers.
They said: “In 2012, they accounted for 43% of LGBT-identified adults. As a result of their disproportionate increases in identification since then, they now account for 58%. Millennials comprise 32% of the general adult population.”
“It’s likely that millennials are the first generation in the US to grow up in an environment where social acceptance of the LGBT community markedly increased. They may not have experienced the levels of discrimination and stigma experienced by their older counterparts.”
The poll also looked at ethnicity, which showed that the largest surge in LGBT population was among Asians, which grew from 3.5% to 4.9%. The LGBT population among Hispanics grew from 4.3% to 5.4%.
Chad Griffin of The Human Rights Campaign said: “This survey reflects the fact that in just four years there has been a historic increase in American adults boldly coming out as LGBTQ.”