Financial, Social, and Emotional Challenges for LGBT Adults

Source: Gary J. Gates, Gallup, August 25, 2014

From the press release:
A new study estimates that LGBT individuals, particularly LGBT women, are less likely to be thriving across a range of measures of their health and well-being. The study shows that these differences persist even when demographic and geographic characteristics (gender, age, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, state of residence, population density) are taken into account. … The analyses are based on 2,964 interviews with LGBT adults and 81,134 interviews with non-LGBT adults as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which includes questions that fall into five broad areas: purpose, community, physical, financial and social. Each of these well-being elements consists of multiple questions on related topics that Gallup uses to categorize respondents as thriving, struggling, or suffering. These Gallup data represent the largest survey of health and well-being that allows for identification of LGBT respondents.
Other important findings from the new study include:
• On an overall Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index scaled from 0 (worst) to 100 (best), LGBT respondents had an average score of 58 compared to 62 among non-LGBT individuals.
• Just over a quarter (26%) of LGBT adults were thriving in measures of their physical well-being compared to a third (33%) of their non-LGBT counterparts.
• LGBT adults were less likely than non-LGBT adults to indicate that their social lives (35% v. 41%, respectively), communities (32% v. 38%, respectively), and sense of purpose (33% v. 37%, respectively) were thriving.
• LGBT women were particularly disadvantaged when compared to non-LGBT women with regard to thriving in their physical well-being (24% v. 36%, respectively), community well-being (31% v. 40%), and sense of purpose (32% v. 40%, respectively). LGBT men were not very different from their non-LGBT counterparts in these measures….