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LGBTQ+ Population Index


The global population of individuals from across the LGBTQ+ community

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Learn more about the population of the global LGBTQ+ community. From the total number of individuals by country to key statistics for every country, region and sub-region from around the world

Disclaimer: The LGBTQ+ population index is based on conservative estimates relating to the size of the LGBTQ+ community, which has been applied to the total population recorded in 2018. We are not able to accurately confirm the actual number of LGBTQ+ individuals living within any given country as there are no official censuses carried out that focus specifically around sexual orientations or identities, therefore the volumes are based on reasonable estimates. We do acknowledge that the actual size may be higher or lower than our forecasts in certain countries. The index is a global index and will include countries in which identifying as LGBTQ+ is considered illegal or where the individual is likely to be persecuted. The estimates are applied to the entire world population, and the index is for illustration purposes only and is not a census or tool to be used to single out or isolate a proportion of any given country’s population.

The LGBTQ+ population index uses conservative estimates against official population statistics for every country in the world that helps us to create an estimated global LGBTQ+ population.

The LGBTQ+ estimates used are based on a variety of articles, research papers and studies carried out across the world over the past twenty plus years. Many of the research and studies provide estimates on the number of LGBTQ+ individuals and range dramatically, with some estimating as high as 15% of the population identifying as LGBTQ+ in one particular country.

The LGBTQ+ population estimates at a country level, enabling us to understand population trends and statics not only for individual countries but also for regions and sub-regions. To understand all of the areas and how the LGBTQ+ population was estimated, click here to view the how it was calculated page


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   Click on a specific country within the map to find out the LGBTQ+ population





BY COUNTRY

 

You can quickly sort, filter and search the data within any table. To sort the columns into ascending or descending order, click on the heading. If you wish to filter, check the relevant tick box or enter a keyword into the filter box found below the available heading. If you want to learn more about any individual country, click on the country name which will take you directly to the country’s profile page within the Gayther site

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BY REGION

 

You can quickly sort, filter and search the data within any table. To sort the columns into ascending or descending order, click on the heading. If you wish to filter, check the relevant tick box or enter a keyword into the filter box found below the available heading. If you want to learn more about any individual country, click on the country name which will take you directly to the country’s profile page within the Gayther site

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Based on the continents


Population Percentages
  • In 2018, it was estimated that there are 198 million LGBTQ+ individuals across the globe, that is roughly the same number of people living in Nigeria. If all LGBTQ+ individuals lived in the same country, it would be the 7th largest country in the world
  • 59% (117.5 million) of the global LBTQ+ population live within the Asian continent, followed by Africa at 17% (33.4 million)
  • The smallest population is within Oceania at 1% (1 million), followed by Europe at 10% (19.7 million)
  • Comparing the 2018 population against the LGBTQ+ equality index: -
    • A quarter (26%) of the LGBTQ+ population live in countries in which same-sex activities are considered illegal
    • 24.2% live in countries in which equality is low or very low
    • 54.5% live in countries in which equality is within the middle range (neither high nor low)
    • 21.3% live in countries in which equality is high or very high
    • Ultimately 78.7% of the world's LGBTQ+ population live in countries and regions in which their identity, rights and protection under the law need to improve


Based on the sub-continents


Population Sub Continent
  • The most populated sub-continents within with world are South-Central Asia at 25.4% (50.3m), Eastern Asia at 22.4% (44.3m), South-Eastern Asia at 8% (15.8m) and South America at 5.6% (11.2m)
  • The least populated sub-continents are all within Oceania and are Micronesia at 0.01% (14.3k), Polynesia at 0.01% (18.3k), Melanesia at 0.12% (242.4k) and Australasia at 0.37% (739.4k)
  • Comparing the 2018 population against the country guide information: -
    • Australasia is the least densely populated sub-continent in the world with a ratio of 10.6 square kilometres (km2) per LGBTQ+ individual, followed by Eastern Europe at a ratio of 2.44 km2
    • The Carri bean is the most densely populated sub-continent in the world with a ratio of 0.21 square kilometres (km2) per LGBTQ+ individual, followed by South-Central Asia 0.21 km2


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