More Americans than ever before now identify as LGBTQ. According to the recent Gallup poll, 5.6 percent of survey respondents identified as part of the group, with the majority of them identifying as bisexual. The survey results were published on Tuesday by Gallup as an update on LGBTQ identification within the population of the United States. The last time the poll was conducted was in 2017, and there was a marked increase in the number of Americans who identify as LGBTQ compared to that last survey taken at the start of the Trump presidency.
The survey first began in 2012. This year’s results show that there was a massive increase in the LGBTQ population during the Trump presidency – or at least more Americans identify as part of the group. The survey found that about 18 million American adults identify as members of the LGBTQ group as of last year.
Gallup conducted more than 15,000 interviews throughout 2020. Participants were age eighteen and over. The survey results found that younger Americans, especially those who are included in Generation Z, were a lot more likely to identify as LGBTQ. According to the results, one in six Gen Zer between the age of 18 and 25 identifies as part of the group. That means about 15.9 percent of young Americans consider themselves to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transexual, or queer.
However, older Americans, especially those born before 1965, were far less likely to identify as members of the LGBTQ group. Only about two percent of respondents of the Gallup poll in that age group identified as part of this group.
“One of the main reasons LGBT identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual,” wrote Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones. “It reflects what we are seeing in society, and the way society is changing.
“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,” Jones added. “To the extent, it reflects older Americans not wanting to acknowledge an LGBT orientation, and the Gallup estimates may underestimate the actual population prevalence of it.”
The survey results found that Americans in Generation Z (those born between 1997 and 2002) were far more likely to identify as members of the LGBTQ group. The survey found that 11.5 percent of Generation Z identified as bisexual, which means they are sexually attracted to both men and women – while 1.8 percent identified as transgender.
Meanwhile, Baby Boomers – Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – reported much smaller numbers. Only 0.3 percent of Boomers identified as bisexual while 0.2 percent identified as transgender. The numbers were even smaller for Traditionalists or those born before 1946.
LBTQ activists claim that the differences between generations are a sign of “generational shifts in awareness and acceptance.”
What do you think about the Gallup survey results? Why do you think, so LGBTQ self-identification skyrocketed during the years under the Trump administration?
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