20 Percent Of Millennials Openly Identify As LGBTQ

The numbers of individuals identifying as LGBTQ has grown significantly; and GLAAD maintains that it's the growing acceptance of the LGBTQ community which encourages people to embrace visibility. 

SF Gate reports:

GLAAD's third annual "Accelerating Acceptance" report revealed that 20 percent of millennials (ages 18-34) openly identify as LGBTQ. Comparatively, 7 percent of baby boomers (ages 52-71) identify themselves as such.

"As acceptance has grown in this country, so too has the number of young people who describe themselves as LGBTQ," says the report, suggesting that accepting environments enable people to "more openly and safely talk about who they are and who they love."

As acceptance grows, the gender binary appears to break down. Twelve percent of millennials identify as non-cisgender. Only 3 percent of baby boomers and 6 percent of the Generation X set (ages 35-51) identified themselves as such.

Citing President Donald Trump's first cabinet pick, Vice President Mike Pence, the survey suggests that the ascendancy of the Trump administration "has left many marginalized groups fearful that hard-fought progress may now be in jeopardy." 

What's your take on the increased number of individuals identifying as LGBTQ?

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I would want to see some real data supporting these numbers, but on a whole, I think it's in line with my own guesstimates, and findings from 30 years ago, that 1 in 4 (25%) of the population is probably LGBTQ.

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