Meer Amerikaners identifiseer hulle as LGBTQ as ooit tevore, peiling vind

A new poll shows that an unprecedented number of US adults identify as LGBTQ — en dat jongmense, veral Generasie Z, dryf die toename aan.

Gallup het 'n sprong van berig 4.5% aan 5.6% of Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, tweeslagtig, transgender or queer since its last poll in 2017.
The finding proves a steady rise in LGBTQ identification since the analytics company began tracking in 2012, and constitutes, based on the US Census Bureau‘S most recent population count, amper 18 miljoen Amerikaners
But LGBTQ advocacy groups aren’t surprised.
    Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, told CNN that the data confirms what advocates have long suspected: There are more LGBTQ people in the US than statistics reflect.
    We’ve always had LGBTQ people in this country,” hy het gesê. “The question is whether they identify as LGBTQmeaning the label itselfand whether they’re comfortable publicly identifying.

    Are people newly LGBTQ, or is it just safer to say so?

    The rising numbers raise the question of whether more identification reflects more LGBTQ peopleor just more people willing to self-identify.
    David said he leans toward the latter, citing pro-equality legislation as a driver of the increase.
    Several decades ago, LGBTQ identity and conduct were illegal in several states,” hy het gesê. “As we remove the vestiges of bias and discrimination from our laws, we see more LGBTQ people come out of the shadows.
    Leading the migration from theshadowsis Gen Zyoung adults bejaardes 18 aan 23 — watter, in the poll, accounted for 15.9% of LGBTQ American adults.
    Young people, David said, weren’t around during the years when being LGBTQ was criminal. And they’re able to view issues of identity in a different, less fearful way.
    They’re not looking at sexuality and gender identity through a lens of fear and stigma,” hy het gesê. “Many of them are looking at gender identity and sexual orientation as just a factor in what makes them who they are.

    The majority of LGBTQ Americans identify as bisexual

    As fear and stigma unravel, so do myths surrounding specific LGBTQ identities.
    Gallup’s report reveals that the majority of LGBTQ-identifying Americans — 54.6% — say they are bisexual.
    David said he attributes this to both a marked increase in bisexual visibility and the social establishment of bisexuality as a valid sexual orientation.
    There is more educational material debunking the myth that being bisexual is akin to not picking a side,” hy het gesê. “That’s a myththe reality is that bisexuality is an orientation.
    Following the majority which identify as bisexual, the poll shows that nearly a quarter of LGBTQ adults — 24.5% — identify as gay, gevolg deur 11.7% as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender.

    But will legislation rise to meet them?

    The unprecedented number of LGBTQ Americans confronts the reality that half of US states lack basic protectionssuch as nondiscrimination policies in employment and housingfor LGBTQ people.
    The first month of 2021 alone saw lawmakers in at least 14 state propose anti-LGBTQ bills.
    And while Americans are increasingly supportive of LGBTQ rights such as huwelike van dieselfde geslag, comprehensive federal protection against discrimination is lacking.
    David said passing the Equality Acta bill that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in commercial and public lifeis a key step toward effective protection.
      Laas jaar, the Equality Act passed in the US House of Representatives but was not taken up by the Senate. Dit was reintroduced in the House last week.
      Looking forward, David said he expects that more LGBTQ people will continue to identify publicly in ways they were previously unwilling to.

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