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Study: Blacks most likely to be gay
Survey finds 4.6 percent self-identify
 
Published Thursday, October 25, 2012 1:06 pm
by George E. Curry NNPA

WASHINGTON – Blacks are more likely to identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender than any other racial or ethnic group in the nation, according a poll by Gallup.


The poll of 121,290 individuals, the largest U.S. survey of its kind, found that 3.4 percent of all Americans identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The figures were higher for people of color, with 4.6 percent of blacks identifying themselves in that manner, followed by 4.3 percent of Asians, 4 percent of Hispanics and 2.2 percent of non-Hispanic whites.


And those figures are probably low.


“As a group still subject to social stigma, many of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender may not be forthcoming about this identity when asked about it in a survey. Therefore, it’s likely that some Americans in what is commonly referred to as ‘the closet’ would not be included in the estimates derived from the Gallup interviews,” according the narrative that accompanied the findings.


Respondents, interviewed between June 1 and September 30, were asked: “Do you personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?”


The report found: “… Younger women are more likely to identify as LGBT than are younger men. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, 8.3 percent of women identify as LGBT, compared with 4.6 percent of men the same age.”


It also cautioned, “It is possible that some of these age differences are due to a greater reluctance on the part of older Americans who may be LGBT to identify as such. In general, younger Americans are more accepting of equal rights and opportunities for gay men and lesbians.”


Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, executive director and CEO, National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s leading black LGBT civil rights organization, said: “While it is easy to get lost in the rhetoric that pits ‘black’ against ‘gay’ or depicts the LGBT community as wealthy white gay men, failing to recognize that our black families are comprised of black LGBT parents, siblings, children, co-workers and friends is a failure to recognize the full black experience and our collective power.”


She cited 2000 U.S. Census figures that show that there are almost 85,000 black same-sex couples in the U.S. African Americans make up 13 percent of the United States population, while black same-sex households are 14 percent of all same-sex households in the U.S., Lettman-Hicks said.


Politically, 44 percent of the LGBT community identify as Democrats, 43 percent as independents, and 13 percent as Republicans.  By comparison, 32 percent of non-LGBT Americans identify as Democrats, 39 percent as independents, and 30 percent as Republicans. More than two-thirds of LGBT Americans who are registered voters –71 percent – support Obama, while 22 percent support Mitt Romney, according to Gallup.


Surprisingly, identification as LGBT was highest among least educated Americans.


“Among those with a high school education or less, 3.5 percent identify as LGBT, compared with 2.8 percent of those with a college degree and 3.2 percent of those with postgraduate education,” Gallup found. “LGBT identification is highest among those with some college education but not a college degree, at 4.0 percent.”


A similar pattern was found among income groups.


“More than 5 percent of those with incomes of less than $24,000 a year identify as LGBT, a higher proportion than among those with higher incomes — including 2.8 percent of those making $60,000 a year or more,” the survey found.


The report also noted, “Among those who report income, about 16 percent of LGBT-identified individuals have incomes above $90,000 per year, compared with 21 percent of the overall adult population. Additionally, 35 percent of those who identify as LGBT report incomes of less than $24,000 a year, significantly higher than the 24 percent for the population in general. These findings are consistent with research showing that LGBT people are at a higher risk of poverty.


“These data also explain why LGBT Americans are less satisfied with their standard of living than non-LGBT Americans. Nearly three-quarters of non-LGBT individuals (73 percent) say they are satisfied with their standard of living, compared with less than two-thirds (65 percent) of LGBT individuals.”


People of color are also more likely to rear children than Whites, the research showed.


“Prior research suggests that within the LGBT population, child-rearing is much more common among racial and ethnic minorities, a finding that is substantiated by the current data. More than 41 percent of Hispanic and African-American LGBT women, along with 38 percent of Asian LGBT women, are raising children, compared with 28 percent of white LGBT women. Some of this reflects the younger average ages of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.


“Ten percent of LGBT white men are raising children, compared with 39 percent of Hispanic men, 31 percent of Asian men, and 14 percent of African-American men. Non-LGBT men are more likely to have children: 29 percent among whites, 34 percent of African-Americans, 44 percent of Hispanics, and 35 percent of Asians.”


Researchers stated: “Overall, the results from this analysis run counter to some media stereotypes that portray the LGBT community as predominantly white, highly educated, and very wealthy.”

Comments

There are far more gay blacks! Poster boy for masculinity my ass. Rue Paul huh? Black guys love the bananas
Posted on July 10, 2014
 
Most blacks are gay they got no daddy they don't know how to be men
Posted on June 27, 2014
 
Lol XD What ever the man bag wearing European want's to believe to help him sleep better at night. Our men are poster boys for masculinity. It seems this obvious dominance in knowing what makes a man a MAN, is a threat to you, so you want to try and sabotage their image XD Okay, what ever floats your boat. We have the most masculine and beautiful men :3 Take your envy back to your house and park it in your purse.
Posted on March 16, 2014
 
Lol who ever wrote this is probably white cause I see more whites LGBT than any other race for example Tom Daley, Ellen.D etc... It's not like whites are going to back talk themselves so like always back talk minorities. Oh media i wish I can slap it straight.
Posted on December 17, 2013
 
This just about blows the snot out of the "Born that way" baloney
Posted on October 12, 2013
 
Holy cow! Most Black people are opposed to homosexual rights, but have the greatest percentage of gays! It is like a strange form of.......DENIAL!
Posted on August 14, 2013
 

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