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‘This is Social Engineering’: Gallup Finds Huge Jump in Young Americans Identifying as LGBT

The Grind:
The percentage of American adults identifying themselves as LGBT has risen to 5.6%, with the shift largely driven by young people, according to a Gallup survey released Wednesday. The overall 5.6% number is an increase from Gallup’s finding of 4.5% in 2017, says the report, which is based on more than 15,000 interviews.

The Details:
But the most dramatic LGBT self-identification numbers come from young people: 15.9% of Generation Z (born from 1997-2002), and 9.1% of millennials (born from 1981-1996). By contrast, just 3.8% of Generation X (born from 1965-1980), and 2% percent of baby boomers (born from 1946-1964), and 1.3% of those born before 1946 identify as LGBT.

More than half of LGBT adults identify as bisexual, while a quarter identify as gay, almost twelve percent as lesbian, and just over eleven percent as transgender. Read more…

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