R&I – FS
One of the biggest headlines in the 2020 poll is the emergence of Generation Z adults, those 18 to 23: 1 in 6, or 15.9%, identify as LGBTQ. In each older generation, LGBTQ identification is lower, including 2% or less of respondents born before 1965.
Having identified with LGBTQ means that these young people think of themselves as homosexuals of one variety or another. Historically, the percentage of homosexuals in human populations has been estimated to be below two percent. Up until the closing decades of the last century, surveys generally reflected this fact. In the early 2000s, however, something curious began taking place: the numbers of those who identified as homosexual started increasing at an accelerating rate – so much so that now nearly one in six young people consider themselves to be some variation of homosexual. This is at least eight hundred percent above the historical average!
This is a truly mind-boggling development, given that scientific literature indicates that there is “no persuasive evidence that the demographics of sexual orientation have varied much across time or place.” The data show that “in all cultures the vast majority of individuals are sexually predisposed exclusively to the other sex (i.e., heterosexual) and that only a minority of individuals are sexually predisposed (whether exclusively or non-exclusively) to the same sex.”
This Style 10/6