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Census Snapshot: California's Black LGB Population

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Publication Date: October 2008

Author(s): Gary J. Gates; Christopher Ramos

Topic: Population and demographics (Ethnic and racial groups)

Keywords: lesbian; gay; census; sexual orientation

Type: Report

Coverage: California

Abstract:

This report provides a general overview of Black individuals in same-sex couples as well as the broader Black lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) population in California. Key findings include an estimated 55,000 Black lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals live in California along with approximately 7,400 Black men and women in same-sex couples in the state; just under 9% of all Black men and women in same-sex couples in the United States live in California, second only to New York as the state with the most Black people in same-sex couples; almost 55% of Black women and 11% of Black men in same-sex couples are raising children; and, Black same-sex parents have fewer financial resources to support their children than those in married couples, with a median household income of $60,900 compared to $76,000 for Black people in different-sex married couples.