The Wall Street Journal today profiles the statistical rise of same-sex couples in the United States - especially outside of LGBT mainstream cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. This increase in same-sex couples is happening extremely quickly in rural places - including in Montana:
The Census Bureau doesn't ask people about their sexual orientation. But since 1990, respondents have had the option to identify themselves as living with a same-sex partner. This group grew by half nationwide between 2000 and 2010, figures released this week show. ... The number of self-identified gay couples rose by nearly 90% in Montana, Nevada and West Virginia, for instance, while California, New York and Washington, D.C., saw increases of 40% or less, according to Mr. Gates's analysis of the data.
Yep, looks like we're here to stay. And there are increasingly more of us - probably due to more of us coming out and doing so earlier - and feeling less threatened in our hometowns. There's still more work to do, but this is very good news.