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States with the fewest same-sex households

  • States with the fewest same-sex households

    Today marks the first day of Pride Month, a month in which LGBT+ communities around the world honor its history and celebrates its people. Pride also seeks to bring further recognition to the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other individuals from the vast spectrum sexual and gender identities have had on their societies. The holiday began as a day of remembrance for the Stonewall riots of 1969, but has since expanded into a full month of events including memorials, parades, parties, and concerts. But as LGBT+ people throughout America celebrate the gains that have been made, many still face discrimination from neighbors and legislation alike, particularly as they take steps towards starting families.

    While some parts of the U.S. have enacted broadly inclusive policies and protections against discrimination, others leave their LGBT+ community members to fend for themselves. In order to paint a full picture of challenges faced by LGBT+ families, Stacker has examined the states with the lowest percentages of same-sex households, representing both couples — married and unmarried, and families with children. Census data from the 2016 American Community Survey was used to rank the top 25 states, and this information was supplemented with a report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law on demographics of LGBT+ households in each state.

    Read on to find out how each state’s LGBT+ community ranks, as well as information on legislation and other recent events that may make it a less-desirable location for same-sex couples to raise their families.

    To find out which states have the most same-sex households, click here.

  • #26. Minnesota

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.67% (14,436 out of 2,148,725)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 57.7%

    Gender breakdown: 43% male, 57% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 16.5%

    While much of Minnesota is rural, Minneapolis is home to a thriving LGBT+ community. It was only the third city in the country to prohibit housing or employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and hosts many LGBT+ centric organizations, as well as art and music events.

     

  • #25. Oklahoma

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.67% (9,839 out of 1,469,342)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 51.7%

    Gender breakdown: 41% male, 59% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 20.9%

    At 20.9%, Oklahoma has one of the highest percentages of same-sex couples raising children of any state. Contrary to this clear desire to enjoy family life, the state’s governor recently signed into a law a measure that would “allow private adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT couples on religious grounds when placing children.”

  • #24. New Jersey

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.66% (21,172 out of 3,194,519)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 65.1%

    Gender breakdown: 46% male, 54% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 19.7%

    New Jersey was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage with a court decision in 2006. The LGBT+ community has grown sharply since that decision, but is still small in numbers compared to New York City, just across the river.

  • #23. Kentucky

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.66% (11,342 out of 1,717,706)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 43.7%

    Gender breakdown: 42% male, 58% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 18.5%

    At the end of May, the valedictorian of a Catholic school in Crestview Hills, Ky. — 18-year-old Christian Bales, who identifies as gay and non-gender-conforming — was not allowed to speak at graduation because the Catholic diocese disagreed with its content, which focused on activism. He delivered his speech anyway, using a megaphone.

  • #22. Pennsylvania

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.66% (32,451 out of 4,937,771)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 53.7%

    Gender breakdown: 44% male, 56% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 15.9%

    Daryl Metcalfe, an extremely conservative legislator selected as the chairman of Pennsylvania’s State Government Committee, oversaw bills that sought to diminish LGBT+ rights in a state that already had few protections for them in place. He still serves in that position, despite multiple petitions calling for him to step aside after he made inappropriate comments to another legislator last winter.

  • #21. Utah

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.63% (5,979 out of 943,147)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 57.4%

    Gender breakdown: 45% male, 55% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 20.1%

    A recent Utah Department of Health study showed that the state’s LGBT+ citizens are at a much higher risk of experiencing sexual violence than those who are heterosexual. These results echo national trends.

  • #20. Wisconsin

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.62% (14,317 out of 2,326,998)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 51.4%

    Gender breakdown: 40% male, 60% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 16.4%

    Last March, Brad and Nick Schlaikowski, a gay couple in Milwaukee, opened the state’s first group home for LGBT+ youth. “We have 500 kids on the street in Milwaukee, 40% identify as LGBT,” Brad Schlaikowski told NBC News.

  • #19. Missouri

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.61% (14,514 out of 2,372,190)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 52.8%

    Gender breakdown: 42% male, 58% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 17.3%

    A Missouri legislator recently sought to outlaw same-sex marriage in the state with a proposal that would “declare any union that's not one man and one woman a ‘parody marriage.’” It is virtually impossible that the resolution will become law, but citizens are still concerned that it was even proposed.

  • #18. North Carolina

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.61% (23,624 out of 3,882,423)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 52.6%

    Gender breakdown: 42% male, 58% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 18.5%

    Apple is currently considering the development of a new corporate hub near Raleigh, N.C. This would be a paradoxical move, as Apple has been a famous supporter of LGBT+ causes. North Carolina in general has stood against inclusivity through legislation such as an “insidious law that prevents LGBTQ people from being protected across the state.”

  • #17. Tennessee

    Percent of households that are same-sex: 0.61% (15,472 out of 2,556,332)

    Percent of members of these same-sex households who are same-sex spouses: 47.7%

    Gender breakdown: 43% male, 57% female

    Percent of same-sex households raising children: 18.1%

    Earlier this year, Republicans in the Tennessee legislature stopped a bill banning child marriage in order to maintain the legal basis for a lawsuit mounted by the Family Action Council of Tennessee against the 2015 Supreme Court marriage decision. Tennessee is also the only state with an “LGBT Erasure Bill” which defines terms in Tennessee law according to “natural and ordinary” meanings, thus potentially preventing same-sex couples from being legally recognized as the parents of children they are raising together.

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