- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Generation Z may want to rebrand itself as Generation LGBT.

A new Gallup poll highlights a 15.9% LGBT identification rate among Gen Z adults between the ages of 18 and 23 in 2020, along with a widening gap between other generations going back to the 1940s.

“The vast majority of Generation Z adults who identify as LGBT — 72% — say they are bisexual,” Gallup reported Wednesday.

The poll, conducted throughout 2020, gleaned information from 15,000 participants. 

Results for LGBT identification broken down by generation include:

  • Gen Z (1997-2002): 15.9%
  • Millennials (1981- 1996): 9.1%
  • Gen X (1965-1980): 3.8%
  • Baby Boomers (1946-1964): 2.0%
  • Americans born before 1946: 1.3%

The overall U.S. population of LGBT-identifying adults increased from 4.5% in 2017 to 5.6%.  

“Currently, 86.7% of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation,” the organization added. “Gallup’s 2012-2017 data had roughly 5% ‘no opinion’ responses.”

Gallup says the upward trajectory is not likely to stop moving forward.

“At a time when Americans are increasingly supportive of equal rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people, a growing percentage of Americans identify themselves as LGBT,” Gallup reported. “With younger generations far more likely than older generations to consider themselves LGBT, that growth should continue.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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