Report

Exploring the Q in LGBTQ

Demographic characteristic and sexuality of queer people in a U.S. representative sample of sexual minorities
January 2020

This study is the first to examine the demographic characteristics and sexuality of queer-identified people in the U.S., compared to LGB and other sexual minorities, using a nationally representative sample. It was published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity in November 2019.

Highlights
Sexual minorities are increasingly using a growing number of identity labels that were largely unavailable to older generations of sexual minorities.
Queer people are overwhelmingly cisgender women and genderqueer/nonbinary (GQNB), younger, and more highly educated than other groups.
Queer individuals are more likely to report attraction to, and sexual relationships with, transgender and GQNB people than other sexual minorities.
Data Points
6%
of sexual minorities identify as queer
47%
identify as lesbian/gay
83%
of queer individuals were assigned female at birth
76%
are age 18-25
85%
of queer cisgender women report attraction to both men and women
47%
of queer cisgender men report attraction to both men and women
34%
of queer people identify as genderqueer/nonbinary
27%
were assigned female at birth

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Exploring the Q in LGBTQ