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Worldwide LGBTQIA+ Population Index

The global LGBTQIA+ population by region and country
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An estimated 212.3 million LGBTQIA+ individuals living in countries worldwide


Discover all of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and all groups with non-traditional gender and sexual identities, collectively known as the LGBTQIA+ community, living in countries, sub-regions and continents across the globe. With no official world census, estimates relating to the community’s population vary depending on the country and the source. Estimates range from 2% to as high as 15% of the world’s total population.


The LGBTQIA+ Population index is collated using conservative estimates. The figures are based on those reported and published by each country annually. Though conservative, it is likely that the actual global population relating to the community is much more significant due to more countries becoming more inclusive and introducing laws and protections relating to the LGBTQIA+ communities

Worldwide LGBTQIA+ Equality Index

30%

of countries score high or very high

Worldwide LGBTQIA+ Dollar

$1.4 trillion
added to the world economy

Worldwide LGBTQIA+ Population

212.3 million
people living within communities across the globe

Worldwide Same-Sex Unions or Marriages

31.3%
73 countries recognise same-sex unions or marriages

Worldwide Legal Gender Recognition

42.10%
98 countries legally recognise gender identities

Worldwide Gay Conversion Therapy

6.9%

or 16 countries have laws banning Gay Conversion Therapy

Discover the estimated LGBTQIA+ POPULATION within any given country…
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  2023 SUMMARY

Gayther LGBTQIA+ Population – 2023 Statistics
KEY FACTS
  • 16.8% or 35.8 million people live in countries with an equality status of high or very high
  • 12.6 million or 5.9% live within countries where a death sentence is still the maximum penalty for same-sex prosecutions
  • 49.6 million or 23.4% of LGBTQIA+ individuals live in countries where same-sex relationships are illegal

LGBTQIA+ POPULATION OVERVIEW

  • 16.8% or 35.8 million people live in countries with an equality status of high or very high
  • 20.1% or 42.6 million people live in countries with an equality status of low or very low
  • 63.1% or 134 million people live in countries with an equality status of medium
  • Asia has the largest LGBTQIA+ population with 59.1% (125.4 million), followed by Africa with 18.2% (38.5 million) and the Americas with 13% (27.6 million)
  • Oceania has the lowest LGBTQIA+ population with 0.6% or 1.1 million
  • 12.6 million or 5.9% live within countries where a death sentence is still the maximum penalty for same-sex prosecutions
  • 4 million or 1.9% live within countries where groups of vigilantes are known to attack, beat, torture and murder members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • 49.6 million or 23.4% of LGBTQIA+ individuals live in countries where same-sex relationships are illegal
  • 1.2 million or 0.6% of LGBTQIA+ individuals live in countries where same-sex relationships are illegal, but the law is not enforced
  • Africa has seen the most significant population growth at 2.3%, followed by Oceania at 1.2% against the previous year

EXCEPTIONAL AND DIVERSE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

Learn more about the exceptional and diverse global LGBTQIA+ community. Discover interesting facts, join in the fun with interactive games, learn more about the exceptional pioneers and advocates and take pride in all of the sexualities, gender identities and special groups. Discover all things LGBTQIA+ with Gayther today

  INTERACTIVE MAP

click here  Click on a specific country within the map to find out the specific LGBTQIA+ population

DISCOVER HOW WELL THE COMMUNITY ARE TREATED..

From marriages and unions to the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships, discover how well each country treats members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Updated each year, you can learn of the positive and negative developments for every country worldwide. Learn more about LGBTQIA+ Worldwide equality today

  ABOUT LGBTQIA+ POPULATION

Gayther Community - About Population
Historically, countries worldwide have avoided using sexuality or gender identity-related questions as part of the censuses or electoral roles. Without the question sets, people from the LGBTQIA+ community cannot be identified and included in official statistics. Though some countries are slowly beginning to have the relevant questions on forms, only a handful of countries encourage community members to be identified and counted amongst the population statistics.

Even with tailored questions relating to the LGBTQIA+ community, there are other barriers, some generational in which some older community members still find it hard to be open about their gender or sexuality on official polls and censuses. Also, there are concerns about sharing personal information about their gender or sexual identity in countries that are only starting to become more inclusive. Given the stigmatism that still exists and the fact that a change of government or a shift in popular opinion could instantly change things for them, making them targets by being honest about who they are.

Without any official statistics, non-profit organisations, pollsters, and those who analyse trends and movements have predicted that in some countries, such as the USA, the number of people who identify as LGBTQIA+ could be as high as 15% of the total population. In countries where the government is hostile towards the community, many will likely hide their sexuality or gender identity for fear of being targeted and persecuted. The LGBTQIA+ estimates used within the population index are based on various articles, research papers, and studies worldwide over the past twenty-plus years. The LGBTQIA+ population estimates are at a country level, enabling population trends and statics for individual countries, regions and sub-regions. To understand all of the areas and how the LGBTQIA+ population was estimated, click here to view how it was calculated page

Based on the average from various published reports, a conservative estimate is approximately 2.6% of the world’s population identifies as LGBTQIA+. From a community perspective, it is difficult to further breakdown those estimates at a micro-level relating to individual groups; however, the population index is based on:
  • Lesbian & Gay – 1.3444%
  • Bisexual – 1.2889%
  • Transgender – 0.0060%
  • Total – 2.6393%

Understanding, even as an estimation, the size of the global LGBTQIA+ community is essential. It reinforces that people who identify as LGBTQIA+ live within every country worldwide, are from every race, and religious denomination, and are all part of the society of the countries they live within. Further validating that they have no choice around who they are often at significant risk to their personal safety. Identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or any of the groups with non-traditional gender and sexual identities is not a choice but an acceptance of who they are.

LGBTQIA+ and straight people are not different; they all want the same things. To receive their fundamental human rights, to receive an education, to have access to healthcare, to receive a fair wage, and of course, to love whomever they wish. Countries across the globe are changing. Hopefully, we will have a worldwide census with the actual number of LGBTQIA+ people living worldwide one day. In a world where people can be honest and be counted without fear of persecution.

Want to learn more about how the LGBTQIA+ Population Index was calculated? Our how guide provides explanations, scoring and all calculations

TAKING PRIDE IN YOU

Acceptance and coming to terms with a part of what makes you can be challenging for many people. The Gayther pride in series is about celebrating all things relating to sexualities, gender identities and special groups. Showcasing the exceptional people, interesting facts and ways to connect with those unique communities, all designed to help and promote pride in LGBTQIA+ identities

  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Gayther LGBTQIA+ Population - Countries not include Gender

Why do countries not include gender and sexual identities in the official census?

Historically, countries have avoided adding sexuality and gender identity questions as part of the official census; however, some countries are starting to change their approach. Though including these questions are generally positive, there are still many barriers to getting accurate information. Some within the LGBTQIA+ community will likely be reluctant to share this part of their identity with the government, fearing how the information might be used. Countries that are liberal today may not be in the future, and in some countries, there is still a stigma associated with identifying as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community

Gayther LGBTQIA+ Population - Estimate Higher Populations

Why do other sites and services estimate higher population numbers?

With no official census or collective polls, all estimates are based on small sample sizes or limited demographical research, all of which are used to predict and calculate the community’s overall size. The community’s size will vary from country to country, with more moderate countries likely reporting higher population sizes. Many will usually hide their true identity for fear of persecution in hostile countries, resulting in lower reported population sizes. The estimates are just that, a prediction or educated guess on the likely population; however, there currently is no accurate way for reporting the actual size of the global community

Gayther LGBTQIA+ Population - No Labels

What happens if a person does not like labels? Would they still be counted?

Without an official census or poll, there is no way to record the actual community size. Individual labels or identities are even harder to calculate or estimate. If a person identifies with any sexuality or gender identity but not the term, they would still be part of the LGBTQIA+ community, just not necessarily aligned to one or more defined groups. In reality, some people would also likely identify with more than one term, such as a specific sexuality and a separate gender identity. Though it does occur, all these factors make it difficult to calculate an accurate representation of the community’s global size, especially not at a micro-level

LGBTQIA+ COUNTRY & REGION GUIDES

With countries around the world treating members of the LGBTQIA+ community differently, planning an overseas trip can be challenging. With over 233 country and 435 regional guides, Gayther guides provide you with all the information you need when planning your trip. From LGBTQIA equality to essential travel information, discover Gayther guides today

  BY COUNTRY


Learn more about the worldwide LGBTQIA+ population by country name (in alphabetical order). If you want to learn more about any given country, please click on the flag, or the country name, which will open the required content in a new window


A  
Afghanistan Flag
c.1.1 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Albania Flag
c.74.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Algeria Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
American Samoa Flag
c.1.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Andorra Flag
c.2.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Angola Flag
c.968.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Anguilla Flag
c.420 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Antigua and Barbuda Flag
c.2.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Argentina Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Armenia Flag
c.73.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Australia Flag
c.697.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Austria Flag
c.236.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Azerbaijan Flag
c.274.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


B  
Bahamas, The Flag
c.10.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Bahrain Flag
c.39.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Bangladesh Flag
c.4.6 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Barbados Flag
c.7.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Belarus Flag
c.250.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Belgium Flag
c.308.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Belize Flag
c.10.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Benin Flag
c.361.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Bermuda Flag
c.1.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Bhutan Flag
c.20.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Bolivia Flag
c.327 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag
c.84.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Botswana Flag
c.70.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Brazil Flag
c.5.7 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
British Virgin Islands Flag
c.832 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Brunei Darussalam Flag
c.11.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Bulgaria Flag
c.176.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Burkina Faso Flag
c.613.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Burundi Flag
c.349.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


C  
Cambodia Flag
c.447.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Cameroon Flag
c.756.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Canada Flag
c.1 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) Flag
c.15.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Caribbean Netherlands Flag
c.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Cayman Islands Flag
c.1.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Central African Republic Flag
c.151.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Chad Flag
c.482.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Channel Islands Flag
c.4.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Chile Flag
c.518.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
China Flag
c.37.6 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Colombia Flag
c.1.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Comoros Flag
c.22.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Congo, D.Rep Flag
c.2.7 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Congo, Rep Flag
c.161.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Cook Islands Flag
c.450 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Costa Rica Flag
c.137.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Croatia Flag
c.105.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Cuba Flag
c.295.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Cyprus Flag
c.33.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Czech Republic (Czechia) Flag
c.277 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


D E F  
Denmark Flag
c.157.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Djibouti Flag
c.30 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Dominica Flag
c.1.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Dominican Republic Flag
c.299.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
East Timor (Timor-Leste) Flag
c.35.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Ecuador Flag
c.480.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Egypt Flag
c.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
El Salvador Flag
c.168 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Equatorial Guinea Flag
c.45.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Eritrea Flag
c.98.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Estonia Flag
c.34.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Ethiopia Flag
c.3.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) Flag
c.100 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Fiji Flag
c.24.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Finland Flag
c.146.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
France Flag
c.1.7 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
French Guiana Flag
c.8.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
French Polynesia Flag
c.8.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


G  
Gabon Flag
c.64.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Gambia, The Flag
c.73.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Georgia Flag
c.98.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Germany Flag
c.2.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Ghana Flag
c.900.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Gibraltar Flag
c.863 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Greece Flag
c.272.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Greenland Flag
c.1.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Grenada Flag
c.3.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Guadeloupe Flag
c.10.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Guam Flag
c.4.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Guatemala Flag
c.477.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Guinea Flag
c.374.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Guinea-Bissau Flag
c.56.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Guyana Flag
c.21.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


H I J  
Haiti Flag
c.309.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Honduras Flag
c.279.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Hong Kong Flag
c.197.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Hungary Flag
c.268.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Iceland Flag
c.9.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
India Flag
c.37.7 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Indonesia Flag
c.7.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Iran, Islamic Republic of Flag
c.2.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Iraq Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Ireland Flag
c.133.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Isle of Man Flag
c.2.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Israel Flag
c.242.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Italy Flag
c.1.6 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) Flag
c.762.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Jamaica Flag
c.74.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Japan Flag
c.3.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Jordan Flag
c.299.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


K L  
Kazakhstan Flag
c.517.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Kenya Flag
c.1.5 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Kiribati Flag
c.3.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Korea, North (D.Rep) Flag
c.690.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Korea, South (Rep) Flag
c.1.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Kosovo, Republic of Flag
c.43.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Kuwait Flag
c.113.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Kyrgyzstan Flag
c.177.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Laos Flag
c.201.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Latvia Flag
c.48.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Lebanon Flag
c.141.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Lesotho Flag
c.61.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Liberia Flag
c.143 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Libya Flag
c.181.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Liechtenstein Flag
c.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Lithuania Flag
c.71.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Luxembourg Flag
c.17.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


M  
Macau Flag
c.18.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Madagascar Flag
c.800.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Malawi Flag
c.552.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Malaysia Flag
c.905.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Maldives Flag
c.13.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Mali Flag
c.614.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Malta Flag
c.14.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Marshall Islands Flag
c.1.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Martinique Flag
c.9.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Mauritania Flag
c.128.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Mauritius Flag
c.34.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Mayotte Flag
c.8.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Mexico Flag
c.3.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Micronesia, F.S Flag
c.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Moldova Flag
c.90.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Monaco Flag
c.958 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Mongolia Flag
c.91 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Montenegro Flag
c.16.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Morocco Flag
c.1 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Mozambique Flag
c.894.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Myanmar Flag
c.1.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


N  
Namibia Flag
c.68.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Nauru Flag
c.337 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Nepal Flag
c.815.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Netherlands Flag
c.465 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Netherlands Antilles Flag
c.7.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
New Caledonia Flag
c.7.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
New Zealand Flag
c.138 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Nicaragua Flag
c.186 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Niger Flag
c.718 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Nigeria Flag
c.5.9 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Niue Flag
c.51 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
North Macedonia Flag
c.55 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Northern Mariana Islands Flag
c.1.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Norway Flag
c.144.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


O P Q  
Oman Flag
c.122.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Pakistan Flag
c.6.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Palau Flag
c.477 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Palestine, State of Flag
c.141.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Panama Flag
c.117.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Papua New Guinea Flag
c.272.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Paraguay Flag
c.181.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Peru Flag
c.906.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Philippines Flag
c.3.1 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Pitcairn Islands Flag
c.1 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Poland Flag
c.1.1 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Portugal Flag
c.270.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Puerto Rico Flag
c.86.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Qatar Flag
c.71.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


R S  
Reunion Flag
c.25.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Romania Flag
c.525 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Russia Flag
c.3.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Rwanda Flag
c.372 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saint Barthelemy (Barts) Flag
c.290 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saint Helena Flag
c.140 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saint Kitts and Nevis Flag
c.1.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saint Lucia Flag
c.4.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saint Martin (Dutch) Flag
c.1.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saint Martin (French) Flag
c.847 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Flag
c.154 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Flag
c.2.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Samoa Flag
c.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
San Marino Flag
c.888 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Sao Tome and Principe Flag
c.6.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Saudi Arabia Flag
c.975.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Senegal Flag
c.468.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Serbia Flag
c.188.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Seychelles Flag
c.2.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Sierra Leone Flag
c.232 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Singapore Flag
c.158.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Slovakia Flag
c.153 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Slovenia Flag
c.55.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Solomon Islands Flag
c.19.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Somalia Flag
c.478.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
South Africa Flag
c.1.6 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
South Sudan Flag
c.292.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Spain Flag
c.1.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Sri Lanka Flag
c.577.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Sudan Flag
c.1.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Suriname Flag
c.16.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Swaziland (Eswatini) Flag
c.32 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Sweden Flag
c.280.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Switzerland Flag
c.232.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Syria Flag
c.613 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


T  
Taiwan Flag
c.631.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Tajikistan Flag
c.267.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Tanzania Flag
c.1.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Thailand Flag
c.1.9 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Togo Flag
c.239 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Tokelau Flag
c.50 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Tonga Flag
c.2.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Trinidad and Tobago Flag
c.40.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Tunisia Flag
c.328.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Turkey (Turkiye) Flag
c.2.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Turkmenistan Flag
c.172 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Turks and Caicos Islands Flag
c.1.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Tuvalu Flag
c.301 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)


U V W X Y Z  
Uganda Flag
c.1.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Ukraine Flag
c.1 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Flag
c.251.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
United Kingdom (UK) Flag
c.1.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
United States of America (USA) Flag
c.9 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Uruguay Flag
c.90.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
US Virgin Islands Flag
c.2.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Uzbekistan Flag
c.928.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Vanuatu Flag
c.8.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Vatican City (Holy See) Flag
c.26 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Venezuela Flag
c.761.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Vietnam Flag
c.2.6 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Wallis and Futuna Flag
c.304 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Yemen Flag
c.909.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Zambia Flag
c.542.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)
Zimbabwe Flag
c.439.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2023)

Population by Equality Status

The total number of LGBTQIA+ people living in countries scored by how well they treat the community

22.6 million

Very High

13.1 million

High

61.2 million

Medium-High

72.8 million

Medium-Low

27.4 million

Low

15.1 million

Very-Low

12.6 million (5.9%)

Subject to the Death Penalty

4 million (1.9%)

Individuals at risk of vigilante beatings, torture or murder

EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE MAKING HISTORY

Over the past 50 years, the LGBTQIA+ global community has seen many positive developments, where the rights and protection for community members have greatly improved. The improvements and changes are a direct result of the exceptional individuals who stood up, often at great personal risk, to fight for and promote community rights. Discover more about some of these exceptional individuals today

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To keep up to date, we will typically update all of our community indices in the first quarter of every year (before March) to keep a consistent position. Should a landmark event occur, we would endeavour to change all relevant indices as quickly as possible.

When reviewing data, it is crucial to understand what it represents, whether it reflects the world and the experience of all those affected. Changes within any given country or region are not restricted to a specific month of the year or even are automatically triggered. Change, especially concerning equality, gender recognition, same-sex marriages and the status of gay conversion therapy, often takes work. Typically by many large groups of dedicated and focused individuals advocating and fighting for justice for positive change within their local communities.

The indices have been created to help you understand the world around you; however, engaging with your global community is essential. It is vital, especially if you are familiar with your desired destination. By reaching out and communicating with other members of the LGBTQIA+ community, you can establish critical details. It only takes a small amount of effort in locating people from or those who have already visited your particular destination for advice. Engaging on social media and Gayther’s networking platform, Gayther Affinity, can help you connect with the global LGBTQIA+ community.

Last Updated:  March 31, 2023

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NOTES

  • The index has been compiled and is correct as of Mar 31, 2023
  • The index has been compiled using a variety of different sources, including news articles, publications and websites such as Wikipedia



IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The LGBTQIA+ population index is based on conservative estimates relating to the global community’s size, which has been applied to the total population recorded in 2021. We cannot accurately confirm the actual number of LGBTQIA+ individuals living within any given country. There are no official censuses that focus specifically on sexual orientations or gender identities; therefore, the volumes are based on reasonable estimates. We acknowledge that the actual size may be higher or lower than our estimates in certain countries. The index is a global index and will include countries where identifying as LGBTQIA+ is considered illegal or where the individual is likely to be persecuted. The estimates are applied to the entire world population. The index is for illustration purposes only and is not a census or tool to single out or isolate a proportion of any given country’s population. It is essential that before travelling that you independently establish information relating specifically to your own requirements and circumstances. Though we endeavour to keep all information across the site updated, we do not provide any guarantees to the accuracy and completeness of any information displayed. This page may contain external links to third party websites; Gayther provides these links for your convenience and does not endorse, warrant or recommend any particular products or services. By clicking on any external links, you will leave Gayther and be taken to the third-party website, which you do so at your own risk and by accessing the site, you will be required to comply with the external third party’s terms and conditions of use and privacy policies

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