Become a Member

MAP membership and certain MAP materials are restricted to the staff and board members of LGBT movement organizations and/or major funders of the movement for LGBT equality. Click below to become a member of MAP.

Join MAP

View our privacy policy.

Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

Choose an Issue

Donate

LGBT Populations

This map shows the estimated raw number of LGBT adults living in each state. We applied the estimated percentage of each state's adult population that identifies as LGBT (using a 2018 analysis of Gallup data by The Williams Institute) to each state's total adult population (using 2018 Census Bureau estimates).
United States Map
Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire American Samoa Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Guam Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 500K - 1.4M+
  • 200K - 499K
  • 50K - 199K
  • 8K - 49K

Percent of Adult LGBT Population Covered by Laws

*Note: These percentages reflect estimates of the LGBT adult population living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Estimates of the LGBT adult population in the five inhabited U.S. territories are not available, and so cannot be reflected here.

This map shows the estimated percentage of each state's adult population that identifies as LGBT, based on a 2018 analysis of Gallup data by The Williams Institute.
United States Map
Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire American Samoa Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Guam Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 5.0% and greater
  • 4.0%-4.9%
  • 3.0%-3.9%
  • 1.5%-2.9%

Percent of Adult LGBT Population Covered by Laws

*Note: These percentages reflect estimates of the LGBT adult population living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Estimates of the LGBT adult population in the five inhabited U.S. territories are not available, and so cannot be reflected here.

This map shows the percent of LGBT people raising children in each state, based on data collected by Gallup and analyzed by the The Williams Institute. For more information, contact The Williams Institute.
United States Map
Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire American Samoa Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Guam Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 40%+ LGBT Individuals raising children(4 states, 0 territories)
  • 30 - 39.9% LGBT individuals raising children (17 states, 0 territories)
  • 20 - 29.9% LGBT individuals raising children (25 states, 0 territories)
  • Under 15% LGBT population raising children (4 states, 5 territories + D.C.)

Percent of Adult LGBT Population Covered by Laws

*Note: These percentages reflect estimates of the LGBT adult population living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Estimates of the LGBT adult population in the five inhabited U.S. territories are not available, and so cannot be reflected here.

This map shows the percent of same-sex couples raising children in each state, based on data collected by the 2010 U.S. Census and analyzed by the The Williams Institute. For more information, contact The Williams Institute.
United States Map
Vermont New Hampshire Washington D.C. Maryland Delaware New Jersey Connecticut Rhode Island Massachusetts Alaska Hawaii California Oregon Washington Nevada Utah Arizona Idaho Montana Wyoming Colorado 33 Texas North Dakota South Dakota Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma Minnesota Iowa Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Mississippi Florida Georgia Tennessee South Carolina North Carolina Wisconsin Illinois Michigan Indiana Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Maine New York Pennsylvania Virginia Vermont New Hampshire American Samoa Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Guam Puerto Rico U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 20%+ population same-sex couples raising children(13 states, 0 territories)
  • 15% - 19.9% population same-sex couples raising children (35 states, 0 territories)
  • Under 15% population same-sex couples raising children (2 states, 5 territories + D.C.)

Percent of Adult LGBT Population Covered by Laws

*Note: These percentages reflect estimates of the LGBT adult population living in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Estimates of the LGBT adult population in the five inhabited U.S. territories are not available, and so cannot be reflected here.

State Total Adult Population LGBT Adult Population LGBT Population Density % of LGBT Individuals Raising Children % of Same-Sex Couples Raising Children
Alabama 4,887,871 117,739 3.1% 35.0% 20.4%
Alaska 737,438 20,484 3.7% 26.0% 23.1%
American Samoa 55,519 0 0% N/A 0.0%
Arizona 7,171,646 248,805 4.5% 27.0% 16.5%
Arkansas 3,013,825 76,251 3.3% 31.0% 21.2%
California 39,557,045 1,620,056 5.3% 30.0% 16.0%
Colorado 5,695,564 203,795 4.6% 31.0% 15.9%
Connecticut 3,572,665 110,661 3.9% 20.0% 17.0%
Delaware 967,171 34,360 4.5% 23.0% 15.6%
District of Columbia 702,455 56,346 9.8% 15.0% 8.7%
Florida 21,299,325 785,231 4.6% 26.0% 13.3%
Georgia 10,519,475 360,618 4.5% 29.0% 19.6%
Guam 159,358 0 0% N/A 0.0%
Hawaii 1,420,491 51,386 4.6% 41.0% 15.8%
Idaho 1,754,208 36,603 2.8% 42.0% 22.3%
Illinois 12,741,080 425,004 4.3% 28.0% 16.6%
Indiana 6,691,878 230,569 4.5% 33.0% 18.9%
Iowa 3,156,145 87,314 3.6% 28.0% 18.6%
Kansas 2,911,505 72,783 3.3% 41.0% 21.8%
Kentucky 4,468,402 117,625 3.4% 33.0% 18.5%
Louisiana 4,659,978 138,998 3.9% 29.0% 19.9%
Maine 1,338,404 53,312 4.9% 26.0% 13.8%
Maryland 6,042,718 197,508 4.2% 26.0% 20.3%
Massachusetts 6,902,149 298,906 5.4% 26.0% 17.1%
Michigan 9,995,915 313,250 4% 31.0% 18.2%
Minnesota 5,611,179 176,651 4.1% 20.0% 16.5%
Mississippi 2,986,530 79,814 3.5% 44.0% 25.7%
Missouri 6,126,452 180,486 3.8% 30.0% 17.3%
Montana 1,062,305 24,153 2.9% 24.0% 22.0%
Nebraska 1,929,268 55,192 3.8% 33.0% 19.6%
Nevada 3,034,392 128,997 5.5% 39.0% 17.0%
New Hampshire 1,356,458 51,620 4.7% 16.0% 16.5%
New Jersey 8,908,520 285,150 4.1% 36.0% 19.7%
New Mexico 2,095,428 72,597 4.5% 28.0% 17.8%
New York 19,542,209 789,179 5.1% 27.0% 16.4%
North Carolina 10,383,620 323,319 4% 26.0% 18.5%
North Dakota 760,077 15,697 2.7% N/A 21.6%
Northern Mariana Islands 53,833 0 0% N/A 0.0%
Ohio 11,689,442 391,133 4.3% 28.0% 17.7%
Oklahoma 3,943,079 113,491 3.8% 34.0% 20.9%
Oregon 4,190,713 185,760 5.6% 30.0% 16.3%
Pennsylvania 12,807,060 416,484 4.1% 27.0% 15.9%
Puerto Rico 3,195,153 0 0% N/A 0.0%
Rhode Island 1,057,315 38,345 4.5% 31.0% 15.5%
South Carolina 5,084,127 139,236 3.5% 32.0% 18.9%
South Dakota 882,235 19,939 3% 31.0% 21.1%
Tennessee 6,770,010 184,233 3.5% 26.0% 18.1%
Texas 28,701,845 873,454 4.1% 31.0% 19.8%
U.S. Virgin Islands 106,405 0 0% N/A 0.0%
Utah 3,161,108 82,460 3.7% 26.0% 20.1%
Vermont 626,299 26,537 5.2% 24.0% 18.6%
Virginia 8,517,685 259,268 3.9% 25.0% 16.0%
Washington 7,535,591 305,360 5.2% 29.0% 15.8%
West Virginia 1,805,832 57,667 4% 29.0% 17.8%
Wisconsin 5,813,568 172,424 3.8% 18.0% 16.4%
Wyoming 577,737 14,618 3.3% N/A 24.7%
Data current as of 07/11/2019
This map is powered by

Stay Informed

Be the first to know about new reports and MAP news by signing up for our newsletter