Young Americans Identifying As LGBT Skyrockets: Poll
Statistics show a rise from 4.5 percent to 5.6 percent
The number of Americans identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender has exploded in recent years, according to a new Gallup poll.
The poll discovered those who identify as LGBT rose from 4.5 percent in 2017 to 5.6 percent in 2021.
Of those polled, slightly more than 86 percent identified as straight, while 7 percent did not answer the question.
That number of people refusing to reveal their sexual orientation rose from 5 percent in 2017.
More than half of those who identified as LGBT claimed they are bisexual (54.6 percent), 33 percent of whom are in opposite-sex relationships.
Almost a quarter identify as gay at 24.5 percent.
11.7 identify as lesbian
11.3 percent claim to be transgender
3.3 percent identify as some other type of sexuality, such as queer” or “same-gender-loving.”
As Gallup concluded:
“Rebasing these percentages to represent their share of the U.S. adult population finds 3.1% of Americans identifying as bisexual, 1.4% as gay, 0.7% as lesbian and 0.6% as transgender.”
Journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote that the statistics showing transgender people outnumbering lesbians among Millennials and Generation Z, could be because masculine girls are encouraged to identify as transgender.
Finally, as famed lesbian @kittypurrzog notes, there are now -- among Millennials and Gen Z -- more people identifying as trans than lesbian. She has previously argued that masculine girls are now encouraged to identify as trans, causing a decrease in the lesbian population: pic.twitter.com/stFNHQtLoq— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 24, 2021
Gallup noted that the number of those identifying as LGBT increased with each generation.
That number increased from 2 percent of those born before 1965 to 9.1 percent of Millennials.
That has since spiked to 15.9 percent of those born in 1997.
“The pronounced generational differences raise questions about whether higher LGBT identification in younger than older Americans reflects a true shift in sexual orientation, or if it merely reflects a greater willingness of younger people to identify as LGBT,” the Gallup report concluded.
“To the extent, it reflects older Americans not wanting to acknowledge an LGBT orientation, the Gallup estimates may underestimate the actual population prevalence of it.”
A significant tilt towards political liberalism among LGBT people was also noted by the poll.
The poll was based on more than 15,000 interviews in 2020.