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S.A. still first with percentage of same sex couples raising kids
QSanAntonio.com, January 28, 2011

New statistics released by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles show that the percentage of same sex couples raising kids in San Antonio is the highest in the nation. This is the second time since 2005 that the city has achieved this ranking.

The statistics from the American Community Survey show that 34 percent of same sex couples in the city are raising children younger than 18. The numbers, gathered from Census data, show that there are 3,484 same sex couples living together in San Antonio with 1,180 of those couples raising kids.

Within Texas, Houston ranked seventh and Dallas-Fort Worth ranked twelfth with same sex couples raising kids. Jacksonville, Florida ranked second. (See table below.)

In 2005, another study, “Hispanic and Latino Same-Sex Couple Households in the United States: A Report from the 2000 Census,” showed that the number of gay Latino couples raising children is more than three times the rate of white non-Latino male same-sex couples.

Texas has a large Hispanic population, which might partially explain why San Antonio's gay couples are more likely to have children, Gary Gates, the author of the study, told the Houston Chronicle.

The U.S. Census does not ask sexual orientation on its questionnaire. But it does ask the relationship between adults in the household. The information produced by the American Community Survey has proven to be valuable to gay demographers.

Number of S.A. same-sex couples increases 63% over six years
QSanAntonio, November 5, 2006

A new study released on November 5 shows that in the period between 2000 and 2006 the number of same sex couples in San Antonio increased by 63%. This increase is significant considering that during this same period the population of San Antonio increased by only 11%.

San Antonio same sex couples registered the second highest increase among the 50 largest cities in the U.S., outpacing the national average of 31% and the 24% increase for the state of Texas.

The study, "Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey," was authored by Gary J. Gates and released by The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. Much of the analyses in the study explore the changes in the geographic distribution of same-sex couples at three points in time: 1990, 2000 and 2006.

The statistics in the study show that in the year 2000 San Antonio recorded 2,278 same sex couples. In 2006, that number increased to 3,717. Last year, a similar study by the Williams Institute showed that San Antonio had the largest percentage per capita in the U.S. of same sex couples raising children.

Overall, the study concluded that nationally the number of same sex couples had quadrupled. The study’s author attributes the increase to the fact that more gays and lesbians are coming out and becoming more comfortable with being identified as a couple. The largest increases were registered in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

In ironic twist, the study concluded that some of the greatest increases were registered in socially conservative areas of the country and in states barring legal acceptance of same sex couples.

Gay population of metropolitan S.A. estimated to be 46,188
QSanAntonio, October 15, 2006

A new study has estimated that the gay, lesbian and bisexual population of the San Antonio metropolitan area is 46,188. The GLB population within the San Antonio City limits has been estimated at 32,631 which is 3.8% of the total population.

The report by the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law used estimates from the recently released 2005 American Community Survey, which is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The study also gave estimates of the number of same sex couples living in the metropolitan area and within the city limits, and broke them down by gender. Statistics for the San Antonio and Bexar County area are shown below.

For the first time in Census history statistics were also broken down according to U.S. Congressional Districts. One interesting fact to surface is that even though the population of the State of Texas is estimated to be 3.6% gay, the population of Congressional District 21, which includes northern Bexar County, Comal County, Blanco County, Hays County and Travis County, is 5.5% gay.

The U.S. Census does not ask sexual orientation on its questionnaire. But it does ask the relationship between adults in the household. The categories include roommate, brother or sister, husband or wife or significant other.

For his research, Williams Institute researcher Gary J. Gates told the Houston Chronicle that he used adult males who said they were living with another adult male who was a significant other to identify same-sex couples. The same criteria were used to note lesbian couples.

The new information produced by the report has proven to be valuable to gay demographers. Among the many statistics gleaned was the fact that the number of same-sex couples in the U.S. has increased by 30 percent – a number that gives gay marriage advocates cause for optimism.

Another new report, "The Gay and Lesbian Atlas" also co-authored by Gates, used the same U.S. Census data to determine that San Antonio has the highest percentage of gay couples raising children in the nation. (See recent article in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram.) Houston ranks fourth and the Fort Worth-Arlington area is fifth. The numbers include children who are being raised by a biological parent living with a same-sex partner and those adopted by gay couples.

One explanation is that minority same-sex couples are more likely to have children than white same-sex couples. Texas has a large Hispanic population, which might partially explain why its gay couples are more likely to have children, Gates told the Houston Chronicle.

GLB Statistics for San Antonio & Bexar County Area
Source: "Same-Sex Couples and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Population: New Estimates from the American Community Survey" by Gary J. Gates, Senior Research Fellow, the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Polity, UCLA School of Law.

San Antonio Metropolitan Area
Same sex couples: 3,831 -- Same sex couples/male: 2,038 -- Same Sex couples/female: 1,793 -- Estimated % GLB: 3.5% -- Estimated GLB population: 46,188

City of San Antonio
Same sex couples: 2,757 -- Same sex couples/male: 1,651 -- Same Sex couples/female: 1,106 -- Estimated % GLB: 3.8% -- Estimated GLB population: 32,631

Congressional District 20
Same sex couples: 1,199 -- Same sex couples/male: 721 -- Same Sex couples/female: 478 -- Estimated % GLB: 3.2% -- Estimated GLB population: 14,209

Congressional District 21
Same sex couples: 2,781 -- Same sex couples/male: 829 -- Same Sex couples/female: 1.952 -- Estimated % GLB: 5.5% -- Estimated GLB population: 31,076

Congressional District 23
Same sex couples: 1,653 -- Same sex couples/male: 1,198 -- Same Sex couples/female: 455 -- Estimated % GLB: 3.9% -- Estimated GLB population: 20,361

Congressional District 28
Same sex couples: 1,029 -- Same sex couples/male: 514 -- Same Sex couples/female: 515 -- Estimated % GLB: 2.7% -- Estimated GLB population: 12,935