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LGBT Community Feels Less Connection to Religion than Others

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:11:55 +0000

David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new Gallup poll says that only about one in four Americans who identify themselves as either lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender feel that religion is an important part of their daily lives.

Being "highly religious" also means attending services weekly or almost every week.

While 24 percent of the LGBT community put themselves in this category, just over four in 10 who are not LGBT say they are "highly religious."

The reason for this disparity, according to Gallup, may have to do with LGBT members not feeling welcome by the religious groups they want to be affiliated with. Also, there is also a greater concentration of LGBT people in cities where religion tends to be a less of priority than in the suburbs or rural America.

The Gallup survey also reveals that two-thirds of LGBT adults identify with a particular religion, compared to 83 percent of non-LGBT respondents.

Meanwhile 35 percent of LGBT adults say they are Protestant, far lower than more than 50 percent of the non-LGBT population.

The survey involved more than 100,000 interviews with 3,242 adults saying they were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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