Black Gays Make Up Largest Share Of LGBT Community, Survey Shows
Contrary to stereotypical images, which peg LGBT people as disproportionately white, male, urban and wealthy, a new survey shows that the LGBT community is actually largely African American.
According to the report, released by Gallup earlier [last] week, 4.6 percent of African Americans responded “yes” when asked if they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, along with four percent of Hispanics, 4.3 percent of Asians and 3.2 percent of Caucasians.
“This data reveals that, relative to the general population, the LGBT population has a larger proportion of non-white people and clearly is not overly wealthy,” said study author and demographer Gary Gates, of the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.
“It helps to counter what I think are some inappropriate stereotypes of the LGBT community,” he added in an interview with USA Today. “If you spend a lot of time watching network television, you would think most LGBT people are rich white men who live in big cities. These data suggest the LGBT community reflects more of the diversity in the U.S. population.”
Others say the findings help to debunk stereotypes about blacks and Latinos being overwhelmingly homophobic.
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