A new survey of 1,000 stores that sell department store merchandise has found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) products are the most popular and the most sought after among retailers.
While lesbians and gay men are more likely to be identified by their gender identity than heterosexuals, the survey also found that heterosexuals are far more likely than lesbians to say they shop at a store that sells gender-neutral products.
According to the survey, lesbian and gay shoppers are equally likely to buy a lesbian clothing line or makeup line, and the same is true of gay men.
The survey also showed that lesbian and bisexual women are more than twice as likely as heterosexual women to buy lesbian or bisexual clothing lines.
The LGBT and gay demographics are a topic of contention within the lesbian, queer, and gender non-conforming communities.
The majority of Americans are in favor of legal recognition of same-sex marriage, and they are often seen as allies of gay rights.
The lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities have seen a rise in hate crimes since the 2014 death of California state senator Toni Atkins.
While the overall crime rate for the LGBT community has remained stable over the past five years, the number of LGBT hate crimes have skyrocketed since the 2016 election, according to the Justice Department.
The 2016 murder of an 18-year-old transgender girl in North Carolina has sparked a national conversation on LGBT violence.
In January, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case on whether states can legally ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
On Wednesday, a jury will decide whether North Carolina’s new anti-discrimination law, HB2, can be struck down.