LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 07: A woman holds up a sign as she walks past the LA County Department of Social Services headquarters on February 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) LOS Angeles, CA (CBSLA.com) – A new study by UCLA’s Loyola Marymount University has found that the number of people in relationships who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) has increased by 60 percent since 2007.
The study, published in the Journal of Social Issues, found that people are becoming more open and accepting about who they are.
The researchers say this can be a boon to the LGBT community, as well as society at large.
“We know that the LGBT population has grown exponentially over the last three decades,” said lead author L.B. Jovanovic, Ph.
D. “And that’s a result of the many advances in technology and social change over the years.
We’ve all come to accept that the majority of LGBT individuals do not fit the stereotypical stereotypical gender binary.”
The study also found that more than 70 percent of respondents identified as lesbian or gay, but only 28 percent reported that they were straight.
The study looked at the responses of 2,631 adults in the U.S. who were between the ages of 18 and 59.
It found that, in 2013, there were 3.2 million LGBT people in the United States, up from 1.3 million in 2005.
The increase in the LGBT demographic has been attributed to a wide range of factors including the increasing visibility of LGBT people as well an increase in visibility and acceptance of transgender people.
“The increasing acceptance of lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has resulted in an increase of engagement in lesbian, straight and gay relationships, as indicated by increased numbers of sexual partners and decreased rates of infidelity,” the researchers wrote.
“The increase in LGBT participation is not simply a reflection of the rising visibility of the LGBT experience, but a reflection that the population is changing.”
Jovanovic believes the increase in acceptance of LGBT lives and experiences is due in part to a broadening range of social and political factors.
“More and more people are seeing themselves as more than just people who are born this way,” Jovanović said.
“They are coming to understand themselves as having agency and that this is not something that is always given to them.”
The survey was conducted by telephone in 2017.
It has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.