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Worldwide LGBTQIA+ Population Index

The global LGBTQIA+ population by region and country
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An estimated 206.8 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

31.3%

countries score high or very high

Worldwide LGBTQIA+ Dollar

$1.26 trillion

added to the world economy

Worldwide LGBTQIA+ Population

206.8 million

countries score high or very high

Worldwide Same-Sex Unions or Marriages

29.2%

68 countries recognise same-sex unions or marriages

Worldwide Legal Gender Recognition

41.6%

97 countries legally recognise gender identities

Worldwide Gay Conversion Therapy

6.4%

or 15 countries have laws banning Gay Conversion Therapy

Discover the estimated LGBTQIA+ POPULATION within any given country…
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  2021 SUMMARY

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KEY FACTS
  • 18.2% or 37.7 million people live in countries with an equality status of high or very high
  • 10.9 million or 5.3% live within countries where a death sentence is still the maximum penalty for same-sex prosecutions
  • 48 million or 23.2% of LGBTQIA+ individuals live in countries where same-sex relationships are illegal

LGBTQIA+ POPULATION OVERVIEW

  • 18.2% or 37.7 million people live in countries with an equality status of high or very high
  • 18% or 37.1 million people live in countries with an equality status of low or very low
  • 63.8% or 131.9 million people live in countries with an equality status of medium
  • Asia has the largest LGBTQIA+ population with 59.2% (122 million), followed by Africa with 17.6% (36.4 million) and the Americas with 13.1% (27 million)
  • Oceania has the lowest LGBTQIA+ population with 0.6% or 1.1 million
  • 10.9 million or 5.3% live within countries where a death sentence is still the maximum penalty for same-sex prosecutions
  • 6.1 million or 3% live within countries where groups of vigilantes are known to attack, beat, torture and murder members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • 48 million or 23.2% of LGBTQIA+ individuals live in countries where same-sex relationships are illegal
  • 12.9 million or 6.3% of LGBTQIA+ individuals live in countries where same-sex relationships are illegal, but the law is not enforced
  • Oceania has seen the most significant population growth at 5.8%, followed by Africa at 2.7% 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

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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

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  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.988.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Albania Flag
c.81.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Algeria Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
American Samoa Flag
c.1.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Andorra Flag
c.2.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Angola Flag
c.887.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Anguilla Flag
c.486 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Antigua and Barbuda Flag
c.2.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Argentina Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Armenia Flag
c.79.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Australia Flag
c.681.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Austria Flag
c.234.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Azerbaijan Flag
c.271.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


B  
Bahamas, The Flag
c.9.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Bahrain Flag
c.40.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Bangladesh Flag
c.4.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Barbados Flag
c.8.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Belarus Flag
c.249.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Belgium Flag
c.310.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Belize Flag
c.10.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Benin Flag
c.351.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Bermuda Flag
c.1.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Bhutan Flag
c.22.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Bolivia Flag
c.314.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Flag
c.100.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Botswana Flag
c.62.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Brazil Flag
c.5.7 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
British Virgin Islands Flag
c.1,000 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Brunei Darussalam Flag
c.12.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Bulgaria Flag
c.182.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Burkina Faso Flag
c.564.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Burundi Flag
c.323.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


C  
Cambodia Flag
c.436.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Cameroon Flag
c.752.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Canada Flag
c.1001.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) Flag
c.15.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Caribbean Netherlands Flag
c.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Cayman Islands Flag
c.1.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Central African Republic Flag
c.141.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Chad Flag
c.459.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Channel Islands Flag
c.4.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Chile Flag
c.483.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
China Flag
c.37.1 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Colombia Flag
c.1.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Comoros Flag
c.22.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Congo, D.Rep Flag
c.2.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Congo, Rep Flag
c.143.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Cook Islands Flag
c.220 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Costa Rica Flag
c.136.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Croatia Flag
c.111.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Cuba Flag
c.291.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Cyprus Flag
c.33.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Czech Republic (Czechia) Flag
c.282.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


D E F  
Denmark Flag
c.155.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Djibouti Flag
c.24.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Dominica Flag
c.2.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Dominican Republic Flag
c.279.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
East Timor (Timor-Leste) Flag
c.37.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Ecuador Flag
c.451.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Egypt Flag
c.2.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
El Salvador Flag
c.172.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Equatorial Guinea Flag
c.42.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Eritrea Flag
c.162.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Estonia Flag
c.32.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Ethiopia Flag
c.2.9 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Falkland Islands (Las Malvinas) Flag
c.96 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Fiji Flag
c.24.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Finland Flag
c.147.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
France Flag
c.1.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
French Guiana Flag
c.7.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
French Polynesia Flag
c.7.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


G  
Gabon Flag
c.60.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Gambia, The Flag
c.62.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Georgia Flag
c.130.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Germany Flag
c.2.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Ghana Flag
c.854.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Gibraltar Flag
c.779 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Greece Flag
c.279.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Greenland Flag
c.1.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Grenada Flag
c.3.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Guadeloupe Flag
c.10.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Guam Flag
c.4.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Guatemala Flag
c.459.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Guinea Flag
c.339.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Guinea-Bissau Flag
c.52.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Guyana Flag
c.20.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


H I J  
Haiti Flag
c.295.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Honduras Flag
c.246.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Hong Kong Flag
c.191.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Hungary Flag
c.256.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Iceland Flag
c.9.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
India Flag
c.36.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Indonesia Flag
c.7.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Iran, Islamic Republic of Flag
c.2.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Iraq Flag
c.1.0 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Ireland Flag
c.137.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Isle of Man Flag
c.2.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Israel Flag
c.231.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Italy Flag
c.1.6 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) Flag
c.741.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Jamaica Flag
c.74.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Japan Flag
c.3.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Jordan Flag
c.287.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


K L  
Kazakhstan Flag
c.508.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Kenya Flag
c.1.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Kiribati Flag
c.3.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Korea, North (D.Rep) Flag
c.681.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Korea, South (Rep) Flag
c.1.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Kosovo, Republic of Flag
c.51.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Kuwait Flag
c.80.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Kyrgyzstan Flag
c.158.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Laos Flag
c.201.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Latvia Flag
c.49.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Lebanon Flag
c.138.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Lesotho Flag
c.57.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Liberia Flag
c.137.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Libya Flag
c.185.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Liechtenstein Flag
c.1.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Lithuania Flag
c.71.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Luxembourg Flag
c.16.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


M  
Macau Flag
c.16.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Madagascar Flag
c.726.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Malawi Flag
c.536.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Malaysia Flag
c.884.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Maldives Flag
c.10.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Mali Flag
c.531.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Malta Flag
c.12.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Marshall Islands Flag
c.2.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Martinique Flag
c.9.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Mauritania Flag
c.107.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Mauritius Flag
c.34.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Mayotte Flag
c.7.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Mexico Flag
c.3.4 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Micronesia, F.S Flag
c.2.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Moldova Flag
c.87.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Monaco Flag
c.824 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Mongolia Flag
c.84.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Montenegro Flag
c.16.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Morocco Flag
c.960.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Mozambique Flag
c.815.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Myanmar Flag
c.1.5 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


N  
Namibia Flag
c.70.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Nauru Flag
c.258 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Nepal Flag
c.803.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Netherlands Flag
c.457.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Netherlands Antilles Flag
c.7.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
New Caledonia Flag
c.7.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
New Zealand Flag
c.131.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Nicaragua Flag
c.164.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Niger Flag
c.623.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Nigeria Flag
c.5.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Niue Flag
c.43 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
North Macedonia Flag
c.56.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Northern Mariana Islands Flag
c.1.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Norway Flag
c.145.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


O P Q  
Oman Flag
c.97.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Pakistan Flag
c.6.3 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Palau Flag
c.570 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Palestine, State of Flag
c.129.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Panama Flag
c.112.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Papua New Guinea Flag
c.247.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Paraguay Flag
c.191.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Peru Flag
c.847.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Philippines Flag
c.3.0 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Pitcairn Islands Flag
c.1 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Poland Flag
c.1.0 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Portugal Flag
c.270.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Puerto Rico Flag
c.82.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Qatar Flag
c.65.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


R S  
Reunion Flag
c.23.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Romania Flag
c.494.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Russia Flag
c.3.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Rwanda Flag
c.341.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saint Barthelemy (Barts) Flag
c.188 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saint Helena Flag
c.209 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saint Kitts and Nevis Flag
c.1.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saint Lucia Flag
c.4.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saint Martin (Dutch) Flag
c.1.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saint Martin (French) Flag
c.863 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Flag
c.140 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Flag
c.2.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Samoa Flag
c.5.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
San Marino Flag
c.910 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Sao Tome and Principe Flag
c.5.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Saudi Arabia Flag
c.918.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Senegal Flag
c.460.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Serbia Flag
c.179.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Seychelles Flag
c.2.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Sierra Leone Flag
c.223.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Singapore Flag
c.154.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Slovakia Flag
c.143.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Slovenia Flag
c.55.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Solomon Islands Flag
c.18.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Somalia Flag
c.319.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
South Africa Flag
c.1.5 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
South Sudan Flag
c.289.9 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Spain Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Sri Lanka Flag
c.608.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Sudan Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Suriname Flag
c.16.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Swaziland (Eswatini) Flag
c.29.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Sweden Flag
c.275.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Switzerland Flag
c.223.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Syria Flag
c.538.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


T  
Taiwan Flag
c.622.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Tajikistan Flag
c.237.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Tanzania Flag
c.1.6 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Thailand Flag
c.1.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Togo Flag
c.218.6 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Tokelau Flag
c.36 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Tonga Flag
c.2.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Trinidad and Tobago Flag
c.37.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Tunisia Flag
c.311.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Turkey Flag
c.2.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Turkmenistan Flag
c.147.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Turks and Caicos Islands Flag
c.1.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Tuvalu Flag
c.302 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)


U V W X Y Z  
Uganda Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Ukraine Flag
c.1.2 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Flag
c.260.1 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
United Kingdom (UK) Flag
c.1.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
United States of America (USA) Flag
c.8.8 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Uruguay Flag
c.89.7 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
US Virgin Islands Flag
c.2.8 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Uzbekistan Flag
c.814.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Vanuatu Flag
c.8.0 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Vatican City (Holy See) Flag
c.21 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Venezuela Flag
c.767.2 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Vietnam Flag
c.2.7 million (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Wallis and Futuna Flag
c.418 (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Yemen Flag
c.802.3 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Zambia Flag
c.503.5 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)
Zimbabwe Flag
c.391.4 thousand (estimated LGBTQIA+ Population 2021)

Population by Equality Status

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

22.8 million

Very High

14.9 million

High

64.1 million

Medium-High

67.8 million

Medium-Low

22.1 million

Low

15.1 million

Very-Low

10.9 million (5.3%)

Subject to the Death Penalty

6.1 million (3%)

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

  UPDATE FREQUENCY

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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:  January 6, 2022

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RESOURCES TO HELP YOUR FRIENDS, FOLLOWERS, CUSTOMERS…

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  DISCOVER MORE ON GAYTHER

Discover more about the extensive tools, services and guides available on Gayther. From country and regional guides to LGBTQIA+ community resources, learn more about all that Gayther has to offer

Learn more about Gayther; it’s history, values and mission
Discover Gayther Care, a site dedicated to community support and care
Discover all about the LGBTQIA+ community from the many resources available
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Be inspired and have some fun, with a wide range of articles, personality tests, quizzes and crosswords on offer
Discover more about sexuality, from the various identities to inspiring content and information
Discover more about the unique and diverse gender identities within the LGBTQIA+ community
Discover more about the special groups and the people and organisations supporting and helping the LGBTQIA+ community
Not sure what you are looking for? There are many ways to find what you need quickly; the search section provides links to the many search services
Impress your friends with key facts and keep updated on the latest developments and trends within the community
Discover Gayther Trinary, three unique services focused on the different aspects and requirements of the LGBTQIA+ community
NOTES
  • The index has been compiled and is correct as of Jan 06, 2022
  • 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