Are We Getting Gay-er? More Americans Than Ever Identify As Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual
According to a new poll conducted by Gallup, 5.6 of Americans now say they are either gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. As many as 16% of Generation Z (Adults 18-23) identify as part of the LGBTQ community now. Breaking down the figures, 54% identified as being bisexual, 25% as gay, 12% as lesbian, 11% as transgender and 3.3% they use a term other than the transition terms.
Researchers a UCLA said the shift is not necessarily that the population as a whole is getting “gay-er”, but that more people are becoming comfortable admitting it. Public Health policy researcher Khalid Aziz says if you look at nature, as many as 20% of a given population demonstrate homosexuality, but in humans, we are taught to fear admitting it publicly because of social pressure and the stigma that could come with the label. But those stigmas as fading as homosexuality is becoming more accepted mainstream. It’s entirely possible based on this study that in 10-15 years, we see the actual number of people who identify as one of these sexual preferences reach 10%-15% as the younger more open and accepting Generation Z become the producers and decision makers of our society.
Polls conducted every year since 2005 show the public has become more accepting of those identifying as bisexual, gay, lesbian or transgender. A June 2020 poll showed 67% of Americans support gay marriage. In fact, almost 88% of the population said they are accepting and supportive of friends who identify as LGBTQ. Support, acceptance and self identifying as being gay, lesbian or bisexual significantly decreased once you get to the 45 and older population said Aziz. “These people grew up being taught it is bad and so they are less likely to admit it, though the actual number of people age 45 and older who might be bisexual, gay, lesbian or transgender are probably the same as in Generation Z.” Aziz concludes that a person who is gay has as little choice in that, the same as a heterosexual person does in liking the opposite sex. “It’s just what they like, you can’t force a person to like something different. Just like a heterosexual person can’ the forced to like someone from the same sex, it’s the same for someone who like members of the same sex.”