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Poll Reveals 18 Million Americans Now Identify As Gay

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allup’s latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults, estimated to be up to 18 million, identifying as LGBT. 

The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup’s previous update based on 2017 data.

In 2020, 5.6% of U.S. adults identified as LGBT. That is up from 4.5% in 2017, the last year it was asked, and 4.1% in 2016. Between 2012 and 2015, 3.5% to 3.9% of U.S. adults identified as LGBT.

Currently, 86.7% of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation. Gallup’s 2012-2017 data had roughly 5% “no opinion” responses.


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The latest results are based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted throughout 2020 with Americans aged 18 and older. Gallup had previously reported annual updates from its 2012-2017 daily tracking survey data but did not routinely measure LGBT identification in 2018 or 2019.

The identity question asked in 2020 offers a greater level of detail than the question asked in previous years.

Now, respondents indicate their precise sexual orientation, rather than simply answering “yes” or “no” to whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Different approaches to measuring LGBT status can produce varying estimates of its incidence in the U.S. population.

Results from Gallup’s new question appears comparable to those from its prior question.

The 1.1-percentage-point increase in the 2020 estimate (using the new question) compared with the 2017 estimate (using the old question) is about what would have been predicted from the recent trends. The LGBT percentage rose an average of 0.3 points per year in 2016 and 2017. Assuming that trend continued in the past three years, the total increase would have been about one percentage point.

More than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) say they are gay, with 11.7% identifying as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender.

An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving. Respondents can give multiple responses when describing their sexual identity; thus, the totals exceed 100%.

Rebasing these percentages to represent their share of the U.S. adult population finds 3.1% of Americans identifying as bisexual, 1.4% as gay, 0.7% as lesbian and 0.6% as transgender.

One of the main reasons LGBT identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual. This includes about one in six adult Generation Z members (those aged 18 to 23 in 2020).

LGBT identification is lower in each older generation, including 2% or less Americans born before 1965 (aged 56 and older in 2020).

The vast majority of Generation Z adults who identify as LGBT — 72% — say they are bisexual. Thus, 11.5% of all Gen Z adults in the U.S. say they are bisexual, with about 2% identifying as gay, lesbian or transgender.

About half of millennials (those aged 24 to 39 in 2020) who identify as LGBT say they are bisexual. In older age groups, expressed bisexual preference is not significantly more common than expressed gay or lesbian preference.

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Guinea Coup: Soldiers Say President Taken And Govt Dissolved

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uinea’s special forces claimed Sunday to have captured President Alpha Conde and “dissolved” the country’s institutions, in a video sent to an AFP correspondent, while the defense ministry said it had repelled their attack on the presidency.

“We have decided after having taken the president, who is currently with us (…) to dissolve the current constitution, to dissolve the institutions; we have also decided to dissolve the government and the closure of land and air borders,” said one of the uniformed and armed coup plotters in the statement, which has also been widely circulated on social networks but has not been broadcast on national television.


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The coup plotters, with whom AFP’s correspondent confirmed the source of these images, broadcast a video of President Conde in their hands. They ask him if he has been mistreated, and Alpha Conde, in jeans and a shirt on a sofa, refuses to answer them.

For its part, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement that “the insurgents (had) spread fear” in Conakry before taking the direction of the presidential palace, but that “the presidential guard, supported by the defense and security forces, loyalists and republicans, have contained the threat and pushed back the group of attackers.

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Bodies Of Service Members Killed In Kabul Airport Attack Arrives US

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resident Biden traveled to Dover Air Force Base Sunday morning to receive the bodies of 13 American service members who were killed in an attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.

The president and first lady Jill Biden were both greeted by Col. William C. McDonald, Vice Commander of the 89th Airlift Wing; Sarah Husemann, wife of Col. Matthew S. Husemann, Commander, 436th Airlift Wing; and Col. Chip W. Hollinger, commander of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base.

Eleven Marines, one Army soldier and a Navy corpsman died in a suicide bombing outside Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday. The ISIS-K group claimed responsibility for the attack seeking to disrupt the massive evacuation effort of Americans, Afghan allies, and third-party nationals outside the U.S.-held airport.

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The fallen service members are Marines Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan W. Page, Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, Lance Cp. Rylee J. McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Navy Hospitalman Max Soviak, and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.

The attack took place as U.S. forces were working to evacuate Americans and allies from Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover of the country earlier this month. At the same time, they have been working to ensure their own withdrawal by the end of the month.

According to the White House, the U.S. has evacuated and facilitated the evacuation of roughly 114,400 people since August 14.

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We’ll Not Forgive, We’ll Hunt You Till You Pay – Biden Vows Revenge On Kabul Terror Attack (VIDEO)

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nited States President Joe Biden promised to track down and destroy the ISIS-K terrorists, who were responsible for the deaths of 13 American service members and dozens of Afghans in a double suicide attack on Kabul Airport.

He made the promise on Thursday, August 26, as he joined UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in vowing to continue evacuation efforts in Afghanistan despite a “continued” risk of terrorist bombings.

The ISIS-K terrorist group is an offshoot of the terrorist organization Islamic State and an adversary of the Taliban, who control the country (IS).

ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the double bombing last night, August 26, which killed at least 90 people and injured more than 150 others.

Among the casualties were 11 US Marines, a US Navy medic, and another US service member screening evacuees at airport gates.


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The Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport, where US troops were screening Afghans for evacuation, and the nearby Baron Hotel, where thousands of Afghans, Britons, and Americans had been told to gather in recent days before heading to the airport for evacuation, were both targeted in the bombings.

Biden paid tribute to the “selfless heroes” who died while rescuing Afghans.

Despite the fact that the Pentagon is in the process of withdrawing all of its forces from Afghanistan, the Pentagon has warned that there is still an imminent threat of an attack at the airport and has now been directed to develop strike plans to target ISIS-K assets and leadership.

“Those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm, know this: We will not forgive, and we will not forget,” Biden said in a White House address.

He added: “We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom also condemned yesterday’s terror attack, which is not believed to have killed any British troops or officials.

He also vowed to keep the rescue effort at Kabul airport going, where brave British troops were seen sweeping the perimeter last night following the double bombing.

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