White Gay Men Hold the ($) Power, But Are Least Likely to be "Out"

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White Gay Men Hold the ($) Power, But Are Least Likely to be "Out"

The results of a new Gallup poll of 121,290 Americans conducted this summer have revealed some fascinating—and potentially depressing and/or infuriating—results. The poll found that 3.4% of those surveyed identified as LGBT—but the breakdown of that 3.4% might surprise you, especially if you are a member of this community.

 

The "Darker Rainbow," from the New York Times

Of the 3.4%, white men make up the smallest percentage of this community. The smallest. And yet, white gay men undoubtedly hold the most political power (in terms of LGBT special interests and rights) and "pink purchasing power." Sexism and racism works everywhere, people.

As further outlined at Jezebel:

 

  • A higher percentage of black people — 4.6% — identified themselves as a member of the LGBT community than members of other races. The survey found 4.3% of Asians identified as LGBT, 4% of Hispanics, and 3.2% of whites.
  • LGBT-identifying people are more likely to have low levels of education — 4% of people who didn't graduate from college, compared to 2.8% of people with bachelor's degrees and 3.2% of people with postgraduate degrees.
  • Young women are the most likely to identify as LGBT; among survey participants between 18 and 29, 8.3% of women claimed to identify with the community, compared to 4.6% of men in the same age range.
  • Members of the LGBT community are more likely to be poor. Among people earning less than $24,000 per year, 4% identified as LGBT. For people earning over $60,000 per year, the percentage dropped to 2.8%
  • Old people are much less likely to identify as LGBT — only 1.9% of respondents 65 and older say GAY, compared to 6.4% of Americans between 18 and 29.
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