The survey finds that 12 is the median age at which lesbian, gay and bisexual adults first felt they might be something other than heterosexual or straight.For those who say they now know for sure that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, that realization came at a median age of 17.
Most who did tell a parent say that it was difficult, but relatively few say that it damaged their relationship.
Despite nearly universal support for same-sex marriage among LGBT adults, a significant minority of that population—39%—say that the issue has drawn too much attention away from other issues that are important to people who are LGBT.
However, 58% say it should be the top priority even if it takes attention away from other issues.
Among those who have shared this information with a family member or close friend, 20 is the median age at which they first did so.
Gay men report having reached all of these coming out milestones somewhat earlier than do lesbians and bisexuals.