Generation bi: 1 in 5 young people identify as LGBTQI+ in the United States

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According to the latest Gallup survey on gay, bi, lesbian and trans identification, 7.1% of Americans now consider themselves LGBTQI+, a percentage that has doubled from one generation to the next.

This is a record high. According to a study by the US polling firm Gallup in 2021, some 7.1% of Americans identify as LGBTQI+, a figure that has increased by 5.6% over the previous year. The survey of 12,000 people over the age of 18 shows that young people are more likely to identify as LGBTQI+ than older people, with bisexuality being the most common identification.

In the details of this survey, 21% of young people from the “Z” generation (born between 1997 and 2003) in the United States declare themselves to be LGBTQI+, twice as many as millennials (born between 1981 and 1996), with 11%. Logically, older respondents lag far behind the younger generations with less than 5% of baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) identifying as LGBTQI+.

Bi generation

Of those Americans who identify as LGBTQI+, a majority (57%) identify as bisexual, which represents 4% of the US population, confirming the trend already observed in 2020. Gay and lesbian identifications represent 21% and 14% respectively. Finally, one in ten LGBTQI+ people identifies as transgender.

Reactionaries should be reassured that there are explanations for this trend that do not imply a conversion of the masses by a supposed “LGBT lobby”. The increasingly favourable environment for the affirmation of LGBTQI+ identities is more likely to count: for example, 70% of Americans are now in favour of marriage for all, 10 points more than in 2015. Despite the repeated attacks on LGBTQI+ people, such as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill in Florida, visibility is progressing, and freedom is with it!

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