Columbus, OH – The GLBT Census of Central Ohio, the largest and most comprehensive survey of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender population of central Ohio, is being released today.
Over 3,400 responses to the anonymous online survey were received and compiled into data that gives the most detailed picture on central Ohio’s GLBT population that exists to date.
“The primary purpose of this survey is to gather a more detailed understanding of the GLBT community and to gain information that helps us improve the delivery of human services to this population. The information contained in the results will help us make smarter decisions on where and how to invest community resources,” said Doug Zelinski, chair of the steering committee that oversaw the development and implementation of the census.
“United Way of Central Ohio is committed to working with our many partners to make data-driven decisions that help us achieve community impact,” said Janet E. Jackson, president and CEO of United Way of Central Ohio. “We believe that our work must by supported by data, and that all members of our community count and must be represented. The results of this census will help United Way develop strategies for our work that are based on our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”
The GLBT Census of Central Ohio is an anonymous online survey that was conducted in 2007. Group discussions with members of the GLBT community who were underrepresented in the census results were also held to help form a better picture of the overall GLBT community.
There were three eligibility criteria for participating in the census:
A total of 3,860 people completed the census. Of these, 3,406 participants met the eligibility criteria and served as the basis for this report. Participants were largely, white, non-Hispanic (93%), between the ages of 21-50 (79%), highly educated (84% some college or more), employed full time (71%), had household incomes between $50,000 – $150,000 (54%), and were HIV-negative (83%).
Participants in the GLBT Census of Central Ohio are essentially physically healthy, in satisfying relationships, and mostly satisfied with the cultural, social, and athletic opportunities available in the community. These strengths are balanced by seemingly elevated levels of depression, which is going untreated, and discrimination experienced primarily in the workforce.
The full results of the GLBT Census of Central Ohio as well as an executive summary are available at these websites: