LGBT Americans Report Lower Well-Being Compared To Straight Counterparts, Gallup-Healthways Index Finds

How Do LGBT Americans Rate Their Lives Against Their Straight Counterparts?

A new Gallup poll is shedding insight into the well-being of America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and the results are anything but inspiring.

Americans who identified as LGBT had an average Well-Being Index score of 58, compared with 62 for non-LGBT people. As Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index researchers also pointed out, that difference held true even after gender, age, race, educational attainment and other factors were taken into account.

Among the report's other findings: 35 percent of LGBT adults are thriving socially, compared with 41 percent of non-LGBT adults, while LGBT Americans are also 10 percentage points less likely to be thriving financially than their non-LGBT counterparts.

Also, LGBT women had a Well-Being Index score of 57, compared with 63 for non-LGBT women, while men who identified as LGBT had an average of 59, while those who did not identify as LGBT had an average of 61.

You can read more about the poll here.

Earlier this year, Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll found that 37 percent of Americans believed that people became gay or lesbian as the result of favors like upbringing and environment, compared with 42 percent who said that people were born gay.

Last year, 52 percent of respondents in a Gallup Politics poll would support a law that would legalize same-sex marriage across all 50 U.S. states. On the flip side, 43 percent of the poll's participants said they would vote against such a law.

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