A 16-year-old student named Andy came out publicly as bisexual during a live debate on the BBC’s Newsbeat broadcast, whose discussion centered around sexual consciousness among the emerging Generation Z.
“This is the first time I’ve ever admitted it in public: I am bisexual,” he said. “It’s been really difficult for me to come out at this stage, especially to people at school because there is so much stereotyping and so many presumptions around it.”
When the show's host Tina Daheley asked Andy what prompted the teen's decision to come out for the first time, on television, he said that coming out in public seemed just right:
"Sitting down and having that conversation face-to-face is really difficult," he said. "Maybe I've taken the coward's way out, I don't know, but I think it's the easiest way for me to explain it and kind of accept who I am."
The BBC identified Generation Z as the current cohort of young people between the ages of 16 and 22.
In a recent study of historical trends in heteronormative sexuality across generational divides, the BBC measured Generation Z's attitudes on fluidity against those of aging Baby Boom and Generation X populations.
They asked 1,000 Generation Z youth and 672 Baby Boomers, aged in their 50s and 60s, about their sexual preferences.
The BBC found that 66 percent of the participants belonging to Generation Z had preferences that skewed strictly heterosexual — to contrast with rates of 88 percent and 85 percent of Baby Boom and Generation X populations, respectively, who identified as wholly straight.
Fourteen percent of respondents identified as non-exclusively straight — ranking themselves among the lower numbers of the famous Kinsey Scale — and 9% as having a balanced attraction to either sex.
“Among Gen Z 24 percent said they were equally attracted to both sexes or mostly attracted to the opposite sex,” the study found. “Some 18 percent of Gen Y said they were equally attracted to both sexes or mostly attracted to the opposite sex with 71 percent saying they were only attracted to the opposite sex.”