Most who did tell a parent say that it was difficult, but relatively few say that it damaged their relationship.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.The margin of sampling error for the full LGBT sample is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.
Also, just 56% say they have told their mother about their sexual orientation or gender identity, and 39% have told their father.
The survey questionnaire was written by the Pew Research Center and administered by the Gf K Group using Knowledge Panel, its nationally representative online research panel.
The online survey mode was chosen for this study, in part, because considerable research on sensitive issues (such as drug use, sexual behavior and even attendance at religious services) indicates that the online mode of survey administration is likely to elicit more honest answers from respondents on a range of topics.
However, 58% say it should be the top priority even if it takes attention away from other issues.
The survey finds that 16% of LGBT adults—mostly bisexuals with opposite-sex partners—are currently married, compared with about half the adults in the general public.