Estimates suggest that more than 36,000 gay men and lesbians are serving in active duty,
representing 2.5 percent of active duty personnel. When the guard and reserve are
included, nearly 65,000 men and women in uniform are likely gay or lesbian, accounting
for 2.8 percent of military personnel.
Nearly one million gay and lesbian Americans are veterans. The states with the largest
population of gay and lesbian veterans include California, Florida, Texas, New
York, and Georgia. Among metropolitan areas, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, San
Diego, Chicago, and New York have the highest populations of gay and lesbian