Financial, Social, and Emotional Challenges for LGBT Adults
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.