A new report by the UCLA Williams Institute found that an estimated 1.4 million – or 4.3 percent – of U.S. Hispanic adults consider themselves lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The report is based on Census data, which relies on self-identification through Census forms, as well as some Gallup polls. Among the general population, recent Gallup surveys put the nationwide LGBT population at about 3.5 percent.
“While sometimes less visible in popular representations of LGBT people and families, Latinos make up a sizable portion of the LGBT population, and they tend to live in Latino, as opposed to LGBT, communities,” said co-author Gary J. Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar.