LGBT in the South

March 2016

On March 18-20, Christy Mallory, Andrew Flores and Brad Sears head to Asheville, North Carolina, to discuss the following research at the LGBT in the South conference.

Public support for LGBT people and rights is growing in every state in the South. Since the early 2000s, attitudes about marriage for same-sex couples have been improving across the Southern states.


Thirty-five percent of the LGBT population in the United States lives in the South, where they are more likely to lack employment protections, earn less than $24,000 a year, and report that they cannot afford food or healthcare. More new HIV infections among men who have sex with men come from the South than any other region in the country. Southern LGBT individuals are also less likely to have insurance than than anywhere else in the country.

We compiled fact sheets about LGBT demographics and discrimination in the South.

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To learn more about our research on the Southern states, view our full reports on each state.

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