1.3 Million Adult Immigrants in the US Identify as LGBT

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Wednesday 24th February 2021
Summary: An estimated 1,274,500 LGBT foreign-born adults live in the U.S..


LGBT immigrants are more often male and younger compared to all immigrants in the country
An estimated 1,274,500 LGBT foreign-born adults live in the U.S., including 289,700 who are undocumented and 984,800 who are documented, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

In addition, an estimated 169,400 foreign-born individuals (naturalized citizens and non-citizens) are part of a same-sex couple. An estimated 86,500 (51%) are naturalized citizens, and 82,900 (49%) are not U.S. citizens.

Using data from a variety of sources, researchers examined the demographics and characteristics of LGBT immigrants and immigrants in same-sex couples in the U.S. Findings show that LGBT immigrants represent approximately 3% of adult immigrants in the U.S. and are more often male and younger.

Among undocumented LGBT adults, approximately three-quarters (76%) are Latino/a, 14% are Asian or Pacific Islander, 7% are white, and 3% are Black.

“LGBT immigrants, particularly undocumented persons, are likely to be experiencing heightened vulnerability to the effects of the pandemic,” said senior author Kerith J. Conron, the Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Williams Institute. “Service organizations that focus on immigrants and LGBT people, particularly in states with large immigrant populations, should work in concert to conduct outreach and to serve this community.”

KEY FINDINGS

Undocumented LGBT Immigrants


Documented LGBT Immigrants


Same-Sex Couples with a Foreign-Born Partner or Spouse


The Pew Research Center estimates that there are 44 million foreign-born immigrants living in the U.S., including approximately 10 million who are undocumented and 33 million who are documented.


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