Gay And Lesbian Demographics : Questions About Sexual Orientation

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1. Demographics
A. There was a dramatic upsurge in same-sex couples counts between 1990 and 2000. The Census Bureau asks no questions about sexual orientation, so same sex, unmarried partners were counted differently and more accurately in 2000. (2012 Gay and Lesbian Demographics http://www.urban.org/toolkit/issues/gayresearchfocus.cfm)
B. “Very little is known about the lives of LGBT people because the main sources of data about people living in the US (or the world, for that matter) do not collect sexual orientation data.” (gaydata.org)
C. 3.80% LGBTQ (approximately 9 million people) 1.70% lesbian/gay 1.80% bi-sexual .30% transgender (2010 US Census)
D. The national average of LGBT by state was 3.5%, with the highest being in D.C. at 10% and the lowest being in North Dakota with 1.7%. California 's average was 4.0%.
2. Violence
A. Anti-LGBT violence in 2013 had a total of 2001incidents reported, with a substantial increase in severity of violence reported. (NCAVP, May 2014)
B. LGBT persons were 1.7 times more likely to be injured and 2 times more likely to require medical attention as a result of hate violence than heterosexuals. (NCAVP, May 2014)
C. There has been a 13% increase in hate crimes against LGBT people between 2010-2011, with 1.7% of hate crimes being sexual orientation targeted. Offenders were mostly strangers, white and non-transgender men (USA Today, 2011)
D. 1 out of 3 same sex couples has experienced domestic violence, compared…
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