Over Five Million LGBT Adults in the U.S. are Religious

Author: The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law
Published: Saturday 10th October 2020 - Updated: Sunday 29th November 2020
Summary: Nearly half of LGBT adults in the U.S. are religious.

Older adults, Black adults, and those residing in the South are the most likely to be religious.

A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that an estimated 5.3 million LGBT people in the U.S. say that religion is important to them, attend religious services, or both.

Researchers analyzed data from the Gallup Daily Tracking Survey to examine religiosity among LGBT adults. They found that demographic patterns in religiosity observed in the general population are also observed among LGBT adults. For instance, among LGBT adults, middle-aged and older adults, Black adults, and those living in the South are most likely to be religious.

"Our study shows that religion plays an important role in the lives of nearly half of all LGBT people in the country," said lead author Kerith J. Conron, the Blachford-Cooper Distinguished Scholar and Research Director at the Williams Institute. "Religious LGBT adults are socio-demographically diverse, live in every region and state, and participate in all religious denominations."


The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy, is dedicated to conducting rigorous, idependant research with real-world relevance.

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