This holds true for nearly half of the LGBT women (48%) in the group and a fifth of the LGBT men (20%). Among the same-sex couples who consider themselves to be spouses, 31% (more than 41,000 couples) are raising biological, step, or adopted children under age 18 compared to 14% (nearly 70,000 couples) of same-sex couples who consider themselves to be unmarried partners (see Figure 3). A recent study of LGBT suicide statistics found that adolescents aged 12 to 14 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender are more likely to die by suicide than heterosexual teens of the same age. In the Los Angeles area, 4.6 percent of residents identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Reading Time: 7 minutes New research underlines a consistent trend: Lesbian, gay, and transgender teens are at increased risk of suicide. Details on the data sources are provided in the Methodology section. More than a quarter of same-sex couples raising children (25.6%) include children identified as grandchildren, siblings, or other children who are related or unrelated to one of the spouses or partners. Same-sex couple parents and their children are more likely to be racial and ethnic minorities than different-sex couples and their children. … This is perhaps not surprising given that LGBT parents and those in same-sex couples are more likely to have characteristics associated with a greater likelihood of being in poverty. %PDF-1.6 %���� GSS respondents are asked, “How many children have you ever had? Approximately 32,000. Among female couples, nearly 24% are raising a biological, adopted, or step-child compared to 10% of male couples (see Figure 3). Among these children living with couples, 0.8% live with a same-sex couple. Socioeconomic Status According to a Williams Institute survey conducted in April 2011, approximately 3.5% of American adults identify themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, whereas 0.3% are transgender—approximately 11.7 million Americans (Gates, 2011a). Among non-White individuals in same-sex couples, a third (33%) is raising a biological, step, or adopted child, compared to 18% of their White counterparts. 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women. For example, LGBT parents and those in same-sex couples are more likely to be female, tend to be younger, and are more likely to be racial/ethnic minorities when compared to non-LGBT people or those in different-sex couples. If this is also true for transgender individuals, it means that as many as 6 million American children and adults have an LGBT parent. More than 16,000 same-sex couples are raising an estimated 22,000 adopted children in the US (see Figure 4). Childrearing among same-sex couples is highest in the South, Mountain West, and Midwest areas of the country. States with the highest proportions of same-sex couples raising biological, adopted or stepchildren include Mississippi (26%), Wyoming (25%), Alaska (23%), Idaho (22%), Montana (22%), Kansas (22%), North Dakota (22%), Arkansas (21%), South Dakota (21%), and Oklahoma (21%). An estimated 41% of non-White women in same-sex couples have children under age 18 in the home as do 20% of comparable non-White men. On the topic of same-sex marriage, not surprisingly, there is a large gap between the views of the general public and those of LGBT adults. Health Gay teens are 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide and 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection. Surveys conducted by Gallup in 2017 find that about one-in … 1. LGB-identified individuals who report ever having a child in the GSS data indicate that they had their first child at a younger age than their heterosexual counterparts. Data sources include the 2008/2010  General Social Survey, the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey, Census 2010, and the Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). Approximately 4.3% of adults in the U.S. identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or … Among their White counterparts, the comparable figures are 23% and 8%, respectively. 334 0 obj <> endobj Children under 18 being raised by same-sex couples are slightly older than those being raised by different-sex couples. Bisexuals make up the largest share of LGBT Americans. A systematic review of parental influences on the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth: time for new public health research and practice agenda. This implies that there are more than 8.2 million LGBT-identified adults in the US. This is true for27% of female couples and nearly 11% of male couples. 1 3 out of 4 non-LGBT adults would also agree. Using data from several national surveys, this research brief provides demographic information about LGBT people and same-sex couples who are raising children in the United States. Single LGBT adults raising children are three times more likely than comparable non-LGBT individuals to report household incomes near the poverty threshold. of LGBT adults have had a child at some time in their lives, of LGBT women under age 50 are raising a child, of LGBT men under age 50 are raising a child, children are being raised by 111,000 same-sex couples, same-sex couples are raising 22,000 adopted children, same-sex couples are raising 3,400 foster children, of individuals in same-sex couples who have children are people of color, Find answers to our most frequently asked questions, Interactives featuring our data on LGBT people in the US, How to ask sexual orientation and gender identity questions, All content copyright © The Williams Institute, National Transgender Discrimination Survey. Same-sex couple parents and their children are more likely to be racial and ethnic minorities. Same-sex couples are six times more likely than their different-sex counterparts to be raising foster children. Most of those surveyed also reported that they or an LGBTQ friend or family member has been threatened or harassed (57 percent), sexually harassed (51 percent… An estimated 39% of individuals in same-sex couples who have children under age 18 in the home are people of color, compared to 36% of those in different-sex couples who are non-White. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. adults estimate that nearly one in four Americans (23.6%) are gay or lesbian. ( Among couples with children under age 18 in the home, 13% of same-sex couples have an adopted child compared to just 3% of different-sex couples. In the 31 remaining states, neither of these options exists, meaning children living in LGBT families of color will lack legal ties to one parent.5 LGBT Families of Color Are More Likely to Struggle Financially