Younger Generations More Open To Being Gay Or Bisexual
Only two-thirds of 16- to 22-year-olds described themselves as heterosexual, a British survey reveals…
A poll commissioned by the BBC has found that one-third of 16- to 22-year-olds (often called “Generation Z”) identify as being attracted to someone of the same sex at least some of the time. Of that group, nine per cent identified as bisexual, while 14 per cent stated they are “mostly heterosexual” but not fully so.
The study, conducted by Ipsos Mori, surveyed 3,000 people divided into four generations—Z, Y, X and baby boomers. As the generations got younger, fewer and fewer members identified as strictly heterosexual. In Generation Y (people born during the 1980s and early 1990s), otherwise known as millennials, that number was 71 per cent; with Generation X (people born from the mid-1960s to the start of the 1980s), it was 85 per cent. And for baby boomers (people born from the mid-forties to the mid-sixties), the poll found that 88 per cent identified as fully heterosexual, with just nine per cent identifying as “mostly” and one per cent identifying as bisexual.
Many survey respondents felt that younger generations are simply more comfortable with an LGBT label.