Facebook reports that more than 6 million people have come out of the closet as LGBT on the social media network to date, including 800,000 who have done so in the past year. Furthermore, they report that the rate at which people are coming out is increasing, as are the numbers.
The social media network released the data in response to National Coming Out Day.
Over the past year, approximately 800,000 Americans updated their profile to express a same-gender attraction or custom gender. Further, not only has the total number of Americans who have come out on Facebook risen dramatically, but so has the number coming out each day. As the chart demonstrates, the number of people on Facebook coming out per day is on track to be three times what it was a year ago.
This graph also shows periods in which there are sharp increases in the number of people coming out on Facebook. The most obvious increase is seen following the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, indicated by the red vertical line. On a typical day, one out of every ten people who change their “interested in” status on Facebook do so to reflect a same-gender interest. On the day of the Supreme Court ruling, this ratio was double, one out of every five people. Additionally, in the days following the June 26 Supreme Court decision, we saw more than 26 million people display a rainbow filter on their profile picture.
In a graph which shows the number of ‘comings out’ in the last year, you’ll see the gigantic spike following the SCOTUS decision:
Another interesting data set shows the number of people who are out as LGB or T state by state, revealing that New York and Nevada have the most out people, while states in the deep south (not surprisingly Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana) have the least amount of out people:
The data set also shows that “total number of fans of LGBT pages has increased close to 25% over the past year, with a noticeable leap around the recent Supreme Court decision.”