The Gayest Generation? Research Finds More Millennials Identifying As LGBT

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International Business Times
By Max Willens
April 1, 2015

Millennials are either the gayest generation, or the most honest. A research report published last week by the Public Religion Research Institute states that 7 percent of millennials identify themselves as either gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, a percentage that is more than twice the share of older Americans who identifies as something other than heterosexual.

The results were tucked into a massive report that examined millennials’ attitudes toward everything from sex education and access to abortion to the idea that marriage is an outdated institution. As a whole, the survey paints the picture of a cohort that has fewer and fewer non-negotiable stances than previous generations. “The survey paints a picture of a generation that is less likely to apply black-and-white rules,” PRRI CEO Dr. Robert Jones wrote to International Business Times. “They have fewer moral objections.”

Reports on the size of the LGBT population have varied wildly ever since Alfred Kinsey published research in 1948 suggesting that 10 percent of men are homosexual. Kinsey’s research wound up being called into question years later, but the disparity between the percentage of millennials that identifies as LGBT and the percentage of older cohorts suggests that changes in society may finally be making people feel more comfortable in their own skin.

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