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Facebook is the place people go to talk about who they are and what they believe in. It's where support for movements swells.

In the US, more than 6 million people on Facebook have identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or gender non-conforming, and nearly 1 million people in the US have joined a Facebook group in support of the LGBTQ community.

This is the story of Justin Kamimoto, who in 2011, started a Facebook Group to support LGBTQ youth in the conservative area of California’s Central Valley. The group has helped countless of teens and young adults find acceptance, an outlet, friends, and in some instance, critical assistance in times of crisis. The growth and impact of the group inspired Justin to create an organization called My LGBT Plus to provide additional resources for young people, no matter how they identify.




Methodology

The number of people in the US who identify as LGBTQ on Facebook is based on fields people have explicitly filled in on their profile: listing themselves in a same-sex relationship, listing themselves as “interested in” the same sex, or using a custom gender option. The number of people in the US who have joined LGBTQ-related groups on Facebook is based on unique members as of June 16, 2015. LGBTQ-reated groups are based on title and do not include secret groups.

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