June is LGBT Pride Month
Celebrating LGBT Pride Month: Census Snapshot of the LGBT Community
Submitted by Keri Neal, LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager
In May of 2013, President Barack Obama proclaimed June as LGBT Pride Month. We celebrate Pride in June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 in which members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community fought back against police to protect their civil rights. The UCLA Williams Institute, estimates 3.5% of adults in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual and an estimated 0.3% of adults are transgender. This implies that there are approximately 9 million LGBT Americans. That’s almost seven times the population of New Hampshire!
According to the 2010 US Census, there are approximately 3,260 same-sex couples living in New Hampshire. Cheshire County leads in the number of same-sex couples per 1,000 households, followed by Merrimack and Rockingham Counties. The image below illustrates the estimated population by town. To view the full report of the LBGT-New Hampshire Census Snapshot from the Williams Institute, click here.
In 2012 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) asked 1.6 million federal employees to complete the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. For the first time ever, the survey included a question regarding sexual orientation. A total of 609,006 federal employees responded to the question. 87% identified as Heterosexual or Straight, 2.2% identified as LGBT and 10.8% preferred not to say. A total of 42,569 USDA employees responded to the question. 85.6% identified as Heterosexual or Straight, 2.4% identified as LGBT and 12.1% preferred not to say. This question was just one of many additions to the survey, making this the most inclusive survey to date. To view additional results from the Federal Viewpoint Survey, click here.