LGBT Adult Immigrants in the United States

By Gary J. Gates
March 2013

There are approximately 267,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult undocumented immigrant population and an estimated 637,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult documented immigrant population. The report finds that approximately 71 percent of undocumented LGBT adults are Hispanic and 15 percent of undocumented LGBT adults are Asian or Pacific Islander.

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Key findings regarding adult undocumented immigrants include:

● There are an estimated 267,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult undocumented immigrant population, approximately 2.7 percent.
● Relative to all undocumented immigrants, LGBT undocumented immigrants are more likely to be male and are younger.
● 71 percent of undocumented LGBT adults are Hispanic.
● 15 percent of undocumented LGBT adults are Asian or Pacific Islander.

Key findings regarding adult documented immigrants include:

● There are an estimated 637,000 LGBT-identified individuals among the adult documented immigrant population, approximately 2.4 percent.
● Like their undocumented counterparts, LGBT documented immigrants are more likely to be male and are younger.
● 30 percent of documented LGBT adults are Hispanic.
● 35 percent of documented LGBT adults are Asian or Pacific Islander.

Key findings regarding same-sex couples that include a foreign born spouse or partner:

● There are an estimated 113,300 foreign born individuals (naturalized citizens and non-citizens) who are part of a same-sex couple. An estimated 54,600 of these individuals are not US citizens.
● An estimated 24,700 same-sex couples are binational (one US citizen and one non-citizen) along with 11,700 same-sex couples comprised of two non-citizens.
● Nearly 7,000 same-sex couples that include two non-citizens (58 percent) are raising an estimated 12,400 children under age 18.

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