US: LGBT Data Overview

The Williams Institute is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.  A think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high-quality research with real-world relevance and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public.

The Williams Institute has released a 9 page report using strong infographics to illustrate data collected on LGBT in the U.S. during 2017. Among the findings are that nationwide 4.1% of adults identify as LGBT. Figures range between 8.6% in DC to 2% in South Dakota. At least 1.4 million adults and 150,000 youth identify as trans. Discrimination and stigma significantly impact state economies. Institute research found that Texas would save $385.3 million in reduced health costs and increased productivity if it reduced disparity in major depressive disorder between LGBT and non-LGBT people. The report also explores economic inequality, poverty, food insecurity, and incarceration.  Access the full report here