A new survey – by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications on behalf of OpusComm Group, an LGBT marketing company – appears to show that the number of lesbian and gay families in the US is growing rapidly.

The study reveals that 21 percent of the gay women and five percent of the gay men that were surveyed are currently living with a child.

The survey also looked at how many of the around 7 500 respondents plan on raising children in the next three years, finding that two thirds of lesbians and one third of men were aiming to do so.

It’s a marked increase on a 2002 survey which suggested at the time that only 15 percent of lesbians and five percent of gay men planned to raise children.

The survey also found that 53 percent of lesbians and 42 percent of gay men claimed to be in a partnership. The largest segment of those that are together have been partnered with one another for between four and seven years.

Ninety seven percent of those surveyed said that they classified themselves as being “out”.

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