Gay Population by State

Until recently it was difficult to estimate the gay population of a state. Between laws that banned homosexuality and private stigmas toward it, many gay people would not have the possibility to disclose their sexual orientation. But as the public opinion changed, homosexuality became more accepted, less stigmatized and marginalized. Moreover, modifications in the country’s legislation also made it less challenging to measure a population’s sexual orientation. For example, the legalization of gay marriage across the country allowed for statistics to start tracking same-sex marriages.

The fight for LGBT rights was primarily engaged in the streets. However, debates in the courtroom significantly participated in changing the legislation. In 2003, the first win was in Lawrence v. Texas, where the Supreme Court overturned a Texas anti-sodomy law. After several losses in the electoral sphere, including the initial passage of California’s Proposition 8, the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage the law of the land in Obergefell v. Hodges. Most recently, the Supreme Court extended the protections of Title XI to include sexual orientation and gender expression in Bostock v. Clayton County.

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LGBT Population by State

Alabama - LGBT Population

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147,000

#26 in the US

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0.48%

#1 in the US

Alaska - LGBT Population

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25,000

#47 in the US

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0.7%

#2 in the US

Arizona - LGBT Population

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286,000

#15 in the US

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0.73%

#3 in the US

Arkansas - LGBT Population

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95,000

#34 in the US

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0.7%

#4 in the US

California - LGBT Population

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1,859,000

#1 in the US

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0.49%

#5 in the US

Colorado - LGBT Population

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234,000

#17 in the US

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0.6%

#6 in the US

Connecticut - LGBT Population

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133,000

#30 in the US

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0.54%

#7 in the US

Delaware - LGBT Population

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40,000

#44 in the US

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0.82%

#8 in the US

Florida - LGBT Population

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886,000

#4 in the US

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0.55%

#10 in the US

Georgia - LGBT Population

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425,000

#8 in the US

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0.6%

#11 in the US

Hawaii - LGBT Population

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59,000

#40 in the US

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0.7%

#12 in the US

Idaho - LGBT Population

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48,000

#42 in the US

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0.52%

#13 in the US

Illinois - LGBT Population

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506,000

#5 in the US

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0.44%

#14 in the US

Indiana - LGBT Population

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272,000

#16 in the US

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0.5%

#15 in the US

Iowa - LGBT Population

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106,000

#31 in the US

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0.29%

#16 in the US

Kansas - LGBT Population

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92,000

#35 in the US

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0.56%

#17 in the US

Kentucky - LGBT Population

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144,000

#28 in the US

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0.51%

#18 in the US

Louisiana - LGBT Population

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169,000

#24 in the US

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0.44%

#19 in the US

Maine - LGBT Population

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60,000

#39 in the US

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0.53%

#20 in the US

Maryland - LGBT Population

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234,000

#18 in the US

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0.51%

#21 in the US

Massachusetts - LGBT Population

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335,000

#13 in the US

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0.67%

#22 in the US

Michigan - LGBT Population

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373,000

#10 in the US

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0.42%

#23 in the US

Minnesota - LGBT Population

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210,000

#21 in the US

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0.6%

#24 in the US

Mississippi - LGBT Population

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99,000

#33 in the US

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0.42%

#25 in the US

Missouri - LGBT Population

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217,000

#20 in the US

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0.2%

#26 in the US

Montana - LGBT Population

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30,000

#45 in the US

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0.41%

#27 in the US

Nebraska - LGBT Population

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67,000

#38 in the US

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0.45%

#28 in the US

Nevada - LGBT Population

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145,000

#27 in the US

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0.34%

#29 in the US

New Hampshire - LGBT Population

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59,000

#41 in the US

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0.57%

#30 in the US

New Jersey - LGBT Population

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343,000

#11 in the US

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0.62%

#31 in the US

New Mexico - LGBT Population

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85,000

#36 in the US

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0.67%

#32 in the US

New York - LGBT Population

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913,000

#3 in the US

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0.53%

#33 in the US

North Carolina - LGBT Population

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382,000

#9 in the US

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0.87%

#34 in the US

North Dakota - LGBT Population

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20,000

#49 in the US

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0.43%

#35 in the US

Ohio - LGBT Population

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462,000

#7 in the US

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0.51%

#36 in the US

Oklahoma - LGBT Population

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138,000

#29 in the US

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0.63%

#37 in the US

Oregon - LGBT Population

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207,000

#22 in the US

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0.59%

#38 in the US

Pennsylvania - LGBT Population

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490,000

#6 in the US

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0.55%

#39 in the US

Rhode Island - LGBT Population

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44,000

#43 in the US

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0.66%

#40 in the US

South Carolina - LGBT Population

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167,000

#25 in the US

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0.47%

#41 in the US

South Dakota - LGBT Population

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25,000

#48 in the US

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0.44%

#42 in the US

Tennessee - LGBT Population

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223,000

#19 in the US

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0.52%

#43 in the US

Texas - LGBT Population

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1,053,000

#2 in the US

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0.43%

#44 in the US

Utah - LGBT Population

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104,000

#32 in the US

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0.6%

#45 in the US

Vermont - LGBT Population

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30,000

#46 in the US

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0.53%

#46 in the US

Virginia - LGBT Population

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308,000

#14 in the US

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0.47%

#47 in the US

Washington - LGBT Population

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342,000

#12 in the US

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0.56%

#48 in the US

West Virginia - LGBT Population

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68,000

#37 in the US

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0.4%

#49 in the US

Wisconsin - LGBT Population

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207,000

#23 in the US

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0.34%

#50 in the US

Wyoming - LGBT Population

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18,000

#50 in the US

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0.48%

#51 in the US

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