L.A., San Bernardino metro areas rank in top 30 for people who identify as LGBT, study says

Long Beach Press-Telegram
By Phillip Zonkel
March 23, 2015

LONG BEACH >> People living in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area who are comfortable identifying as LGBT are the eighth largest such group in the nation, according to a first-of-its-kind study from Gallup and the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

In the study, which sought to estimate the size of LGBT populations in metropolitan areas, San Francisco had the largest ranking, followed by Portland and Austin. Gallup and the Williams Institute looked at the top 50 metro areas for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario came in at 26.

“It’s tempting to read these statistics as if these are the most tempting places LGBT people want to live, but the statistics really tell us where LGBT people feel most comfortable identifying themselves,” said Gary Gates, research director at the Williams Institute, who co-authored the study with Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport.

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