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Texas Has Second-Largest LGBT Population in U.S., Researchers Find

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recent analysis by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC).The nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank reviewed U.S. Census Bureau data collected last summer.

The data came from Census Bureau surveys which for the first time included questions on gender identity, sexual orientation and gender assigned at birth.The nonprofit published its data analysis on Tuesday as Pride Month was winding down in the U.S.According to the PPIC, the data showed Texas with about 1.8 million people who identified as LGBT, placing the state second behind California, which has a population of 2.7 million people who identified as LGBT.California has the largest overall population in the country with more than 39.5 million people, while Texas has the nation's second-largest overall population with more than 29 million people, according to Census Bureau estimates.

Hans Johnson, a PPIC senior fellow, told Newsweek it wasn't entirely surprising to find that Texas, with the second-largest overall population, also had the country's second-largest LGBT population."We might expect them to be one-two in terms of their LGBT populations," he said.But Johnson said Texas' second-place ranking among the most populous states with the greatest shares of LGBT residents was "a little" surprising.

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