Gay in rural America: Up to 5 percent of rural residents are LGBTQ, report finds

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Gay in rural America: Up to 5 percent of rural residents are LGBTQ, report finds
Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender "doesn’t mean you want to go live in a coastal city," the report's lead author, Logan Casey, said.
By Avichai Scher

"Millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people live in rural areas of the United States — largely by choice, according to a report released earlier this month by the LGBTQ think tank Movement Advancement Project."
"MAP’s report estimates between 2.9 million and 3.8 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people live in rural America, comprising approximately 3 to 5 percent of the estimated 62 million people who live in rural areas."
“LGBT people in rural areas are disproportionately harmed by the lack of protections and the presence of discriminatory laws,” the report states. “The current policy landscape demonstrates the clear and urgent need for federal and state nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.”









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The MILLIONS of LGBT members are tax-paying citizens as well let's not forget. They work, they vote, they go to church, they raise children to add to their family and they proudly serve their country. But they're still being discriminated against in many parts of the country thus, the need for greater protection for these citizens because they count too and are deserving of it just as any other American.
 
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There have been studies done like this in the past. LGBTQ's don't flock to the largest US cities such as San Francisco, LA or NYC in much greater numbers than they flock anywhere else. I doubt if the percentage in rural America is much lower than it is anywhere else.

The population here in metro Boise (a two county area) is around 1.5 million. Idaho is about as conservative as it gets. And yet we have at least 3 gay bars downtown and the social scene is quite active and out of the closet. Granted, you don't see the openness in rural areas. They're going to be quieter and keep to themselves more. But percentages aren't much different.

People are people - and a fairly steady percentage are gonna be born this way.
 
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There have been studies done like this in the past. LGBTQ's don't flock to the largest US cities such as San Francisco, LA or NYC in much greater numbers than they flock anywhere else. I doubt if the percentage in rural America is much lower than it is anywhere else.

The population here in metro Boise (a two county area) is around 1.5 million. Idaho is about as conservative as it gets. And yet we have at least 3 gay bars downtown and the social scene is quite active and out of the closet. Granted, you don't see the openness in rural areas. They're going to be quieter and keep to themselves more. But percentages aren't much different.

People are people - and a fairly steady percentage are gonna be born this way.



Boise is also 93% white. Lets not pretend its the diveristy capital of the world
 

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