Financial, Social, and Emotional Challenges for LGBT Adults

pic-well-beingBy Gary J. Gates
August 2014

LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT women, are less likely to be thriving across a range of measures of their health and well-being.  Nearly 4 in 10 non-LGBT adults (39%) indicated that they were thriving in their financial lives compared to less than 3 in 10 LGBT adults (29%).  The difference represents the biggest gap between the proportion of LGBT and non-LGBT adults who indicated that they were thriving across multiple measures of well-being analyzed in this study.  The gap among women was 12 percentage points compared to an 8 percentage point difference among men.  The study shows that these differences persist even when demographic and geographic characteristics are taken into account.  The data comes from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey conducted from January-June, 2014 and includes 2,964 interviews with LGBT adults (aged 18 and older) and 81,134 interviews with non-LGBT adults.  The survey assesses well-being in five broad areas: purpose, community, physical, financial and social.  These data represent the largest survey of health and well-being that allows for identification of LGBT respondents.

Click here to read the report on the Gallup website.

Click here for the press release.

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