About 2 percent of federal workers identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to the government’s 2012 Employee Viewpoint Survey.
That compares to about 3.4 percent of Americans overall who self-identified as LGBT in a 2012 Gallup poll.
Questions of sexual orientation never appeared on the Employee Viewpoint Survey until last year, when the Office of Personnel Management asked workers to volunteer the information.
The 2012 survey results showed that 87 percent of the federal workforce identifies as heterosexual, while 2.2 percent — or about 13,600 employees — placed themselves in the LGBT category and 10.8 percent said they would prefer not to say.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman for federal purposes, prevents federal workers from sharing their employer health benefits with same-sex partners.
That puts LGBT feds at the forefront of the fight to overturn DOMA, which is being challenged in the Supreme Court this week.
The Employee Viewpoint Survey showed a relatively high level of dissatisfaction with how their agencies handle diversity, with only 57 percent of federal workers last year indicating that their agencies promote and respect diversity.
The Partnership for Public Service has created an online index that allows users to browse the survey results by agency and category.
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