LGBT Poll

Poll: Record Number of People Identify as LGBT

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to a new Gallup poll, a record number of Americans now identify as LGBT, but that doesn't necessarily tell the whole story.

Gallup's survey found that 10 million Americans now identify as LGBT, but the number is greater when respondents are asked about specifics acts or attractions.

via Advocate

The report claimed self-identification is only one way to measure the nation's LGBT population. It noted how "direct assessments of same-sex sexual behavior or attraction yield very different (and often larger) population estimates."

Here are some of the other significant findings. Young people born between 1980-1998 were twice as likely as other age demographics to identify as LGBT. Although they account for only 32 percent of the adult population, millennials comprised 58 percent of the total number of self-identified LGBT Americans. Gallup attributes this to a decline in stigma.

While stigma has certainly declined, it's still a significant force that undoubtedly depresses the number of people who feel comfortable identifying their sexuality.

But that doesn't necessarily explain the total discrepancy. One can also engage in sexual behavior or experience attraction that does not significantly impact the way they identify themselves. Furthermore, rigid self-identification is both not a requirement and also not necessarily easy. Many if not most people who identify themselves along the spectrum today did not arrive at their position overnight. Some never will, and that's okay too.

Everyone deserves equal protection under the law regardless of how they see and identify themselves.

That was clearly the guiding principle of the Justice Department under President Obama, but suffice to say we probably shouldn't expect the same under Trump. But I don't expect the Trump regime's nefarious ploys, whatever they may be, will reduce the number of people who feel comfortable identifying themselves. I expect the number will continue to increase under Trump but so will the need to show support for people who do not have safe spaces to live in.

Culturally, America has already moved on in a better direction, but the GOP hasn't and they will have more power than ever to punish people for existing.

  • Scopedog

    Culturally, America has already moved on in a better direction, but the
    GOP hasn’t and they will have more power than ever to punish people for
    existing.

    Yep. Of course, this was plainly obvious to those with eyes and a working brain–except those who insist that both parties are the same.

  • muselet

    Gender identification and sexual orientation have always been difficult to assess, partly because of stigma, and partly because most languages seem to lack words to make that assessment easy and unambiguous.

    Beyond that, anyone who feels a deep and abiding interest in strangers’ sexual and gender identities needs to find a more benign hobby. So says this cis-male Kinsey 0, anyway.

    –alopecia

  • My 13 year old daughter is very gender fluid–very slender, very short hair, dresses ambiguous. She told me the other day that she walked into the women’s bathroom and a grown woman washing her hands at the sinks flinched and made a really horrible face. My daughter said to her, “It’s okay, I’m a girl” and went about her business. She said the woman had the decency to look embarrassed at least. Over the last year I’ve become more and more worried about her safety. I worry when she travels to even less progressive states than AZ. I worry about the bullying against girls, against minorities, against LGBTQ at her school, which has increased since Herr Gropenfuhrer won. I fully expect that I will have to whip someone’s ass in the near future on her behalf. It will get worse until the dinosaurs die off.

    • MorsHostibus

      UNTIL THE DINOSAURS DIE OFF? YOU ARE SWAGGERING, STRUTTING, SANCTIMONIOUS AND YET A LOSER …HUGE LOSER….LEFTISTS ARE PROVEN TO BE URBAN DEMOCRAT PLANTATION DWELLERS AND DISPARATE SPLINTER GROUPS FAR LOUDER THAN THEIR NUMBER AND THEY ARE SHRINKING AND BECOMING POORER AND LESS POWERFUL. YOUR NAZI COLLABORATOR SOROS JUST LOST A BILLION ON RODHAM’S DEBACLE. YOU ARE A LOSER AND ARE PRETENDING LIKE YOU WON. YOU LOST! L.O.S.T. ON ALL LEVELS. YOUR KIND MAKE ME SO HAPPY. THE BLINDNESS, PRETENSE ARE FUNNY BUT THE APOPLEXY AND UNHINGED MELTDOWNS ARE THE BEST. CONTINUE ON YOUR WAY. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dcc251441469be4372f0f7791618a640aaccc3e810656a3281dc8f9eb2aa4e41.jpg

      THE LEFT IS DYING OFF. THEY ARE BARELY A REGIONAL PARTY. THEY LOST ALL POWER AND ARE CLINGING TO LEFTIST JUDGES AND PROSECUTORS TO SUBVERT THE WILL OF REAL AMERICANS….

      ANY “MOTHER” ALLOWING A 13YO TO TRAVEL TO PLACES THAT IT ADMITS ARE UNSAFE IS UNFIT. REAL AMERICANS ARE MULTIPLYING AND EVANGELIZING AND GROWING IN NUMBERS WHILE “GENDER FLUIDS” DIE ALONE OR ARE TRYING TO ADOPT OTHER LEFTIST’S “MISTAKES”.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        Is your caps-lock key broken?

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        On a more serious note, if you’d like to have a discussion regarding the above, I’d be more than happen to indulge, but I’m not going to be interested in a screaming match of recriminations where we “leftists” are called losers, nor will I call you a dinosaur.

        One other thing I’ll add, because I find it highly misleading: your maps of the “Clinton Archipelago,” while technically accurate, don’t account for population. Republicans definitely control the bulk of the land area of this country (and you could have added Alaska to increase it even further), but Democrats control the population centers. The Electoral College skews voting so that states are weighted out of proportion with their populations – this makes sense from a “states rights” perspective, but it also means that a person in Wyoming gets more “voting power” than I do (New York). That’s why Clinton could win the popular vote by 3+ million and still lose the election. Far from being the a small regional party, we are roughly half the population. Maybe this will make my more clearly:
        https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/USA-population-map.png
        https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/bb/3f/00/bb3f0044081294579821b19a2d712a6c.jpg

        If you subscribe to the belief that I am an American just as much as you are, you have to recognize that it’s not really just about WHERE we are, such that the we look insignificant, but that there are roughly as many of us as there are of you – according to the last election, we slightly outnumber you.

        • ninjaf

          I have made this point time and again to many “reasonable” conservatives. While they profess to believe that all citizens are equal, when they post stuff like Clinton Archipelago map above, they are giving away their true feelings. People who live in close proximity to each other (e.g. urban centers) are not REAL Americans in their mind, therefore they should not count.

          EDITED TO ADD: It only makes sense to me that people who feel that we are all in this together would tend to live in spaces where they are closer to other people — because they don’t see other people as a threat but rather as a resource. People who believe that they are in this alone and need no help from anyone will cordon themselves off in remote areas — alone because they don’t trust anyone to not steal resources from them.

      • You forgot to take your meds.