According to a new poll, approximately one out of ten Americans identify as LGBTQ. GLAAD recently commissioned the Harris Poll to study who identifies as LGBTQ. And while some of the findings are probably predictable, other aspects of the poll may raise some eyebrows.
Overall, the poll found that 12% of Americans identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Those 18-34 were 20 % likely to identify this way, while at the same time only 5 percent of those over the age of 72 identified as LGBTQ. Interestingly the difference is not represented by gay or lesbian populations, but because younger Americans are much more open to identifying as being LGBTQ verses older Americans.
The poll also examined how comfortable people are with LGBTQ individuals. It appears no matter what the age, the poll found there is a similar level of those it labelled as “resisters” to LGBTQ; however, in general, younger people are more comfortable with LGBTQ, which is not surprising.
The results of this poll raises an interesting question: is there actually a greater number of Americans identifying as LGBTQ now or is it just that more are willing to be open about it as there is increased acceptance today. GLAAD noted that: “…as acceptance has grown in this country, so too has the number of young people who describe themselves as LGBTQ… This, of course, does not necessarily mean that people today are less likely to be straight and/or non-cisgender; rather, it more likely suggests that accepting environments allow people to more openly and safely talk about who they are and who they love.”
It would be interesting to see the same poll in another 10-20 years and how the results may change, and what that means for American society.