1. Recognition

    First LGBT Count Yields New Statistics

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 14:  Same-sex couple Frank Capley (L) and Joe Alfano (R) look on before staging a sit-in protest after same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses from the San Francisco county clerk on February 14, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Close to a dozen same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses were arrested after they staged a sit-in demonstration inside the office of San Francisco's county clerk.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Same-sex couple at marriage license protests on Thursday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty),Justin Sullivan

    That took long enough. Gallup, in cooperation with UCLA, has released statistics from its first-ever state-by-state demographic count of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans—the biggest population survey group to do so. The results? North Dakota has the lowest LGBT population at just 1.7 percent of the state's population, while Washington, D.C., has the highest at 10 percent. On average, the LGBT population hovers around 4 percent. Interestingly, every state that has an LGBT population of 4 percent or higher also has anti-discrimination laws for those groups. The biggest thing researchers learned? Visibility does appear to matter.

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