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New Study Finds: LGBT People A 'Fundamental Part of The Fabric Of Rural Communities'

Up to 20 percent of LGBT Americans live in rural parts of the country. A new study says they shouldn't have to choose between being protected from discrimination and choosing where they call home.
A new study finds that up to 20 percent of the LGBT population in this country live in rural America. For the most part, they chose that life for the same reasons others do: tight-knit communities with a shared sense of values. Source: Roy Hsu

LGBT people are typically depicted as city and coastal dwellers. And those who live in rural America are often characterized as people yearning to escape rural life for more acceptance in urban areas.

But a new study from the Movement Advancement Project, a think tank that advocates for LGBT equality, shatters that stereotype.

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