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Pew Research: 41% of Gays/Lesbians/Bisexuals Have No Religious Affiliation

May 28, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

According to a new analysis of the Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study — it was so large that they’re still sifting through the data — gay, lesbian, and bisexual Americans are far less religious than the nation as a whole. (The survey didn’t have data about transgender people.)

… gay, lesbian and bisexual adults are substantially less likely than straight adults to affiliate with a religious group. Four-in-ten (41%) identify as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,”compared with just 22% of straight adults who say the same.

I know, I know, you already assumed as much. But in theory, there’s no reason there should be any difference. The disconnect, I would assume, is almost entirely due to the way religious groups perceive and treat LGBTQ people. Many of the largest denominations have actively demonized them to the point where LGBTQ people want nothing to do with organized religion. They may still believe in the supernatural, but they know damn well that holy books have no love for them — and that many followers of God actively work to suppress their civil rights.

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