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Where Are the LGBT Millennials?
The millennial generation has been called “the gayest generation,” with over seven percent of young adults between 18 and 35 identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Wider understanding and acceptance of a range of gender identities and sexual orientations, along with the ability to easily connect with peers locally or through social media, have made young adults more forthcoming about sexuality and gender, and more likely to proudly identify as LGBT.
Millennials have also gained a reputation for settling in urban areas like Denver, San Francisco, and Portland, drawn to these cities by their walkability, amenities, and social offerings. There’s been less focus, however, on where these statistics overlap: are LGBT millennials flocking to the same cities, or pushing into new territories, building communities in gentrifying neighborhoods in less expected placed across the country?
Urban LGBT Millennials
Like many of their counterparts, LGBT millennials are moving to urban areas, drawn to cities by job opportunities, cultural amenities, and–perhaps most importantly–these cities’ growing LGBT communities. Many of the most popular cities for LGBT millennials have entire neighborhoods known for having large LGBT populations, while in other cities the LGBT community is highly visible wherever you go. If you compare the recent data on the top cities for millennials and the cities with the highest percentage of LGBT citizens, you’ll notice there’s a lot of overlap:
Unsurprisingly, San Francisco still reigns as home of vibrant LGBT and millennial populations. What’s less clear, however, is how long it can maintain its dominance: as the cost of living rises and the city’s amenities shift toward serving the tech industry, will young LGBT people be priced out?
Walkable, bikeable, and socially progressive, Denver has a lot to offer LGBT millennials. The city prides itself on its vibrant nightlife, laid-back attitude, and welcoming populace, and neighborhoods packed with dining options and cultural offerings mean millennials never have to look far to find something to do.
Despite its well-earned reputation for unaffordability, Los Angeles remains an LGBT and millennial bastion. Whether it’s the close proximity to the beach, or the wide variety of artistic, culinary, and social opportunities, LGBT millennials continue to flock to LA year after year.
One notable city that doesn’t appear on these lists: New York City. Long considered a mecca for both young people and the LGBT community, you would think it would be a natural fit for LGBT millennials. While New York’s LGBT population is huge (over 700,000), it’s also only a small fraction (about 4%) of the city’s population.
LGBT Millennials in Red States
Increasingly, LGBT millennials are transforming cities in places that may not be known for their acceptance and tolerance: in Louisiana and Texas, for example, cities like New Orleans and Austin have built huge, young LGBT communities. The intolerance of the surrounding areas are simply not a factor for many LGBT millennials choosing to live in these areas:
Salt Lake City
Perhaps the most surprising city to top the lists of both millennial and LGBT-friendly cities, Salt Lake City has long been making strides for LGBT protections and livability. The city’s LGBT populace is young, active, and visible, despite the difficulties of living in a heavily Mormon area.
Another surprising inclusion, Norfolk shares Los Angeles’ proximity to the beach, along with a booming millennial population and the amenities to support it. The city is making big strides to be millennial and LGBT friendly, even while the surrounding area is often less than inclusive.
Dallas & Houston
Outside of Austin, Texas can be pretty rough for the LGBT community. Still, Dallas and Houston are huge millennial cities, and have recently passed laws to support equal rights and protections for LGBT citizens, which will surely draw larger numbers to their LGBT communities.
There are also plenty of smaller cities where LGBT millennials are growing in number, and you can expect affordability and growing cultural amenities, transit options, and inclusion to continue drawing LGBT millennials from neighboring states and cities to expand the population,
Where Will LGBT Millennials Settle?
There has been a lot said about millennials’ preferences for urban areas and disdain for the suburbs, and the same patterns seem to be holding for LGBT millennials. What’s less clear, however, is how changing public perception and shifts in the culture will shape the future of LGBT millennials: will gay marriage find greater numbers of young LGBT people looking to raise families outside of cities, or will their presence shift the way cities are structured and even governed?
Millennials are set to overtake baby boomers in the coming years, and LGBT millennials will have a huge part to play in determining the places where young people will settle and how the LGBT community will affect these areas. You can be sure that city planners and governments are already assessing the impact of growing young LGBT populations and figuring out ways to attract and serve the next generation.