Report: One Million African-Americans Identify As LGBT

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According to a recent study, there are more than one million African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender adults in the U.S, making African-Americans the largest share of the LGBT community. Of those individuals, 84,000 are in same-sex households with about 34 percent of couples raising children. The trend of same sex couples with one African-American partner and a partner of another race has risen to 47 percent.

Another significant finding was that many African-American LGBT individuals live in regions that have a high population of black residents but have yet to pass laws that protect the LGBT community, which co-author Angeliki Kastanis said could have a huge effect.

“LGBT African-American parents and their children evidence significant economic disadvantage and many live in states without LGBT anti-discrimination laws or marriage equality,” Kastanis said. “Establishing these important legal protections could really help these families.”

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