Click below to become a member of MAP. 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 and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual.
Movement Advancement Project | LGBT Populations
These estimates are many times higher than the 3. The stability of these estimates over time contrasts with the major shifts in Americans' attitudes about the morality and legality of gay and lesbian relations in the past two decades. The U. Census Bureau documents the number of individuals living in same-sex households but has not historically identified individuals as gay or lesbian per se.
Demographics of sexual orientation
Unfortunately, the size of the LGBT community has been notoriously difficult to measure. Even when surveys do collect information about LGBT demographics in a certain region or country, it is difficult to compare the results because responses are very sensitive to how the questions are phrased and what answer options are offered. In our latest survey, we wanted to address these issues and ask our EU respondents how they categorize themselves sexually.
The demographics of sexual orientation vary significantly, and estimates for the LGBT population are subject to controversy and ensuing debates. Obtaining precise numbers is difficult for a variety of reasons. One of the major reasons for the difference in statistical findings regarding homosexuality and bisexuality has to do with the nature of the research questions. Major research studies on sexual orientation are discussed.