An estimated 37 percent of LGBT Americans have had a child, meaning as many as six million American children and adults have an LGBT parent, according to findings from a national study released Wednesday by Williams Institute Distinguished Scholar, Gary J. Gates.
Gates said of the study, “These analyses highlight the diversity and prevalence of LGBT parents and their children in the U.S. The data show that LGBT families are clearly part of modern American life.”
The study, “LGBT Parenting in the United States,” provides a demographic portrait of LGBT parenting in the United States, and found that that same-sex couple parents and their children are more likely to be racial and ethnic minorities.
An estimated 39 percent of individuals in same-sex couples with children under age 18 at home are non-white, as are half of their children.
LGBT parents live in states from coast to coast, but many do not actually live on the coasts. States with the highest proportions of same-sex couples raising biological, adopted or step-children include Mississippi (26 percent), Wyoming (25 percent), Alaska (23 percent), Idaho (22 percent), and Montana (22 percent).
Notably, the report found that LGBT individuals and same-sex couples raising children face greater economic challenges than their non-LGBT counterparts.