LGBT Research on Demographics

LGBT Research Relationship Status:

In 2017, we continued to see increases in the number of participants who are married (up 4% from 2016). Also of note is that gay and bisexual men are more likely than lesbian and bisexual women to define themselves as single. Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely than gay and bisexual men to be married. Community members who identify as gender expansive are more likely than gay and bisexual men to be in relationships. For the first time, CMI added the following options: Polyamorous relationship, and divorced from a same-sex spouse.LGBT Research
Reference: Community Marketing & Insights 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey, July 2017 n=17,300 USA LGBTs. Request a free download the full report.

LGBT Research on Marriage Trends:

We asked married participants how long ago they got married, as well as how long the period was between meeting and marriage. The results point to the surge in same-sex marriage over the past 5 years as various states, and then the Nation, adopted marriage equality. The data also suggests a slowing of same-sex marriages after that surge, because couples who had been together for many years before marriage equality are now married. In 2016, Community Marketing & Insights along with WeddingWire, Inc., GayWeddings and the Gay Wedding Institute published an extensive report on same-sex weddings, which is available for download at no charge at www.CMI.info.

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Reference: Community Marketing & Insights 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey, July 2017 n=17,300 USA LGBTs. Request a free download the full report.

LGBT Research on Relationships:

As a new question in 2017, we wanted to explore and acknowledge that not all relationships are “binary;” a samesex or opposite-sex couple. Many community members are in a relationship where at least one partner identifies as other than male or female.

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Reference: Community Marketing & Insights 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey, July 2017 n=17,300 USA LGBTs. Request a free download the full report.

LGBT Research on Parents & Children:

Within the LGBT community, Generation X lesbian and bisexual women are the cohort most likely to be parents of a child under age 18. We also see higher percentages of parents among late-Millennials. Percentages of parents of children living at home were stable compared to 2016, however, that is likely to change in the future: About half of LGBT Millennials of all genders desire to have children in the future.

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Reference: Community Marketing & Insights 11th Annual LGBT Community Survey, July 2017 n=17,300 USA LGBTs. Request a free download the full report.