Following their report on the growth of same-sex households in Union County, The Charlotte Observer published today a new report on similar increases in Charlotte. Statewide, North Carolina experienced an increase of some 68 percent, according to an analysis by UCLA’s Williams Institute.

Reporter Adam Bell writes:

The Charlotte area’s rise in gay and lesbian households over the past decade mirrors a trend across North Carolina, an Observer analysis of new census data shows.

Statewide, the growth rate for same-sex households was 68 percent between 2000 and last year, and now stands at 27,250 homes. That’s a number about equal to all the homes in Gastonia.

Mecklenburg County’s growth rate was 81 percent. The state’s most-populous county also had the most same-sex households, 3,221.

Bell also spoke to John Stotler, chair of The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte. “It’s a really good feeling to stand up and be counted,” Stotler told the paper.

Read the rest of Bell’s report at…


Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.