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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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LGBT Populations

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Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire
  • 500K - 1.2M+
  • 200K - 499K
  • 50K - 199K
  • 8K - 49K

These estimates of the number of LGBT adults living in each state are based on 2017 analysis by Gallup. We applied the percent of the adult population living in a state who said they were LGBT to the total adult population in that state using data from the Census Bureau (2016 estimates).

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Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire
  • 5.0% and greater
  • 4.0%-4.9%
  • 3.0%-3.9%
  • 1.5%-2.9%

These estimates of the number of LGBT adults living in each state are based on 2017 analysis by Gallup. We applied the percent of the adult population living in a state who said they were LGBT to the total adult population in that state using data from the Census Bureau (2016 estimates).

State Total Adult Population LGBT Population LGBT Population Density
Alabama 4,863,300 112,994 3%
Alaska 741,894 16,637 3%
Arizona 6,931,071 211,983 4%
Arkansas 2,988,248 68,496 3%
California 39,250,017 1,477,701 4.9%
Colorado 5,540,545 184,004 4.3%
Connecticut 3,576,452 98,811 3.5%
Delaware 952,065 35,146 4.7%
District of Columbia 681,170 48,184 8.6%
Florida 20,612,439 691,561 4.2%
Georgia 10,310,371 311,953 4%
Hawaii 1,428,557 42,581 3.8%
Idaho 1,683,140 34,887 2.8%
Illinois 12,801,539 385,142 3.9%
Indiana 6,633,053 207,362 4.1%
Iowa 3,134,693 76,927 3.2%
Kansas 2,907,289 67,962 3.1%
Kentucky 4,436,974 113,069 3.3%
Louisiana 4,681,666 132,006 3.7%
Maine 1,331,479 48,454 4.5%
Maryland 6,016,447 182,041 3.9%
Massachusetts 6,811,779 266,250 4.9%
Michigan 9,928,300 294,015 3.8%
Minnesota 5,519,952 169,265 4%
Mississippi 2,988,726 72,558 3.2%
Missouri 6,093,000 160,009 3.4%
Montana 1,042,520 24,447 3%
Nebraska 1,907,116 51,616 3.6%
Nevada 2,940,058 108,606 4.8%
New Hampshire 1,334,795 49,414 4.6%
New Jersey 8,944,469 250,550 3.6%
New Mexico 2,081,015 66,795 4.2%
New York 19,745,289 700,413 4.5%
North Carolina 10,146,788 274,682 3.5%
North Dakota 757,952 15,704 2.7%
Ohio 11,614,373 342,084 3.8%
Oklahoma 3,923,561 103,668 3.5%
Oregon 4,093,465 158,012 4.9%
Pennsylvania 12,784,227 363,939 3.6%
Rhode Island 1,056,426 33,922 4%
South Carolina 4,961,119 115,905 3%
South Dakota 865,454 13,043 2%
Tennessee 6,651,194 159,631 3.1%
Texas 27,862,596 740,448 3.6%
Utah 3,051,217 70,272 3.3%
Vermont 624,594 26,821 5.3%
Virginia 8,411,808 222,417 3.4%
Washington 7,288,000 260,291 4.6%
West Virginia 1,831,102 49,505 3.4%
Wisconsin 5,778,708 152,695 3.4%
Wyoming 585,501 15,631 3.5%
Data current as of 03/24/2017
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