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Survey gauges US sexual diversity

NEW YORK — A new Gallup survey, said to be the largest of its kind, estimates that 3.4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

The findings, released Thursday, were based on interviews with more than 121,000 people. Gallup said it is the largest study aimed at determining the LGBT population.

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Lead author, demographer Gary Gates of the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, said he hoped the findings would help end stereotypes about gays and lesbians.

According to the survey, conducted between June and September, 4.6 percent of African-Americans identified themselves as LGBT, 4 percent of Hispanics, 4.3 percent of Asians, and 3.2 percent of whites. Overall, a third of those identifying with this community are nonwhite.

There was a slight gender difference — 3.6 percent of women identified as LGBT, compared with 3.3 percent of men. Younger adults, 18 to 29, were more likely than their elders to identify in this way.

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