GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy group, has just released their 2017 Accelerating Acceptance report and it shows that more Millennials are coming out of the closet than any generation before them.
The survey explains that people ages 18 to 34 are significantly more likely to identify as LGBT openly when compared to older generations, and suggests this could be because there is a rise of increasingly accepting environments — for many, family rejection is less frequent, job security is less at risk, and overall safety is less of a concern when coming out.
“Without question, the past few decades have yielded remarkable progress for the LGBTQ community in the United States, with historic advancements achieved for both legal equality and cultural acceptance,” the report reads. “Today, more Americans than ever before support and accept their LGBTQ family members, coworkers and neighbors.”
The online survey was administered from November 2-4 to 2,037 adults over the age of 18, 1,708 of which self-identified as heterosexual.
Of the heterosexual participants, it was found that far more heterosexual and cisgender Millennials consider themselves to be allies to the LGBT community than preceding generations.
Sixty-three percent of Millennials (ages 18-34) considered themselves to be allies with the LGBT community, and only 14 percent claiming to be resistant to or uncomfortable with LGBT-related situations. Generation X (52-71) heterosexual cisgender people were found to be comprised of 53 percent allies, with Baby Boomers (35-51) coming out to 51 percent.
Millennials are more than twice as likely to identify as LGBT than Baby Boomers and 56 percent more likely than Generation X.
Twelve percent of Millennials identify as transgender or gender nonconforming — meaning their gender identity is different than the one they were assigned at birth or does not fit in with conventional expectations of masculinity or femininity, according to the report. This is double the figure of Generation X individuals who identify similarly.
“In the face of this new political reality, GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance 2017 survey reveals a remarkable new era of understanding and acceptance among young people who increasingly reject traditional labels like ‘gay/straight’ and ‘man/woman,’ and instead talk about themselves in words that are beyond the binary — they are, in essence igniting an identity revolution,” the report reads.
Millennials are much more likely to identify outside of established gender and sexuality norms — instead of identifying as male or female, gay or straight, more Millennials than any generation before them recognize that they fall somewhere on the spectrum in between.
“GLAAD’s Accelerating Acceptance 2017 survey shows acceptance of LGBTQ people has reached historic levels, particularly among Millennials,” reads the report. “Perhaps because acceptance is more common than ever before, young people are now more likely to openly identify as LGBTQ while also rejecting traditional labels and seeing the world in terms that are beyond a binary.”
The report continues, “This ‘identity revolution’ is likely spurred by increased cultural understanding and acceptance also indicates that many young people today feel freer to be themselves and thus likely to lead happier lives.”
You can find the entire Accelerating Acceptance 2017 report online at http://www.glaad.org/files/aa/2017_GLAAD_Accelerating_Acceptance.pdf.