A Portrait of LGBT People in Southwest Florida
By Kerith J. Conron, Winston Luhur, Shoshana K. Goldberg
An estimated 36,000 adults in Southwest Florida, 3.4% of the population, identify as LGBT. Almost a third (31%) are Latino/a and 17% of LGBT adults age 25 and older are raising children.
This report is the first-ever analysis of the LGBT population Southwest Florida. Researchers analyzed data from the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey to create a comprehensive look at the demographics and socioeconomic status of LGBT adults in five counties: Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry.
Findings show that LGBT adults are similar in many ways to their heterosexual, cisgender peers. Both populations have similar levels of poverty and food insecurity, rates of military service and health insurance coverage. However, LGBT adults in the region are more likely to report depression, high cholesterol, and current smoking. Poor mental health, including depression and smoking, have been associated with increased exposure to stressors, such as discrimination and violence.