Americans have become more accepting of gay marriage and gay sex. Since 2015 and the Supreme Court legalization, gay marriage has gained about two-thirds of the public’s support. Most recently, Gallup asked about the moral acceptance of gay or lesbian relations and found it exceeded 70 percent (71%).
Also, new studies show a rise in Americans identifying as LGBT. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention report 1.6 million people identify as transgender, of which nearly half (43%) are 25 years old or younger.
Gallup highlights that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or other than heterosexual identifications have all increased since measurements started in 2012. About 4 percent of American adults identified as LGBT in 2012, which has double to 8 percent today.
Hispanics identify as LGBT is now 11 percent compared to about 6 percent for White (6.2% non-Hispanic) and Black (6.6%) adults. Differences in racial and ethnic groups are explained by the larger percentages of younger people among populations of color, especially the Hispanic population.
Millennials and Generation Z are driving much of the overall increase. About 20 percent of Generation Z (18-24 years old) and 10 percent of Millennials (25-40 years old) identify as LGBT, but less than 5 percent among older generations.