Nearly 40% Of Gay Republicans View Being Gay As A Personal Shortcoming, Wish They Were Straight: Study

A new study looking at the characteristics and preferences of LGBT voters found that of the nearly 9 million LGBT adults registered to vote in the 2020 general election, 15% are registered as Republicans while 50% are registered as Democrats.

The study by UCLA’s Williams Institute also found that 22% of registered voters identified as Independents while 13% identified with another party or did not know with which party they most identified.

The report also assessed the differences and similarities between sexual minority people who identified themselves as Republicans or Democrats. (The U.S. Transgender Survey finds only 2% of transgender people, not included in this report, are Republicans.)

“Researchers and LGBT community members have seen an inherent incompatibility between LGBT identity and Republican affiliation,” the study notes. “Nonetheless, LGBT people, like other minority groups, hold diverse beliefs and political affiliations. In order to better understand the relationship between sexual minority and political identities, we examined five indicators that describe the relationship people have with their lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) identity and their connection with the LGBT community.”

Compared with Democratic LGB people, more Republican LGB people said they would want to be completely heterosexual and that being LGB is a “personal shortcoming.”

Forty-one percent of LGB Republicans say they would rather be completely heterosexual.

Thirty-eight percent think that being gay or bisexual is a “personal shortcoming.”

But similar proportions—more than a third—of LGB people of both party affiliations said they had tried to stop being attracted to same-sex partners at some point in their life.

LGB Republicans were less likely than LGB Democrats to agree that participating in the LGBTQ community is a positive thing or were proud of the LGBTQ community. They are also less likely to feel that problems faced by the LGBTQ community are their own problems.

LGB Democrats were twice as likely as LGB Republicans to say that it is important to be politically active in the LGBTQ community.

“In summary, this shows a diversity of opinions among LGB people,” the study’s authors concluded. “Although a small minority, LGB people are affiliated as Republicans. Republican and Democratic LGB people similarly perceive stigma against LGB people in their communities. But they differ in terms of their connections with LGBT communities. Our data show that Republican LGB people have a weaker connection to the LGBT community than Democratic LGB people and half as many Republican as Democratic LGB people said that it was important for them to be politically active in the LGBT community.”