Maybe you thought you were alone in thinking that there seemed to be more and more of us out there. Not just in the media, which has always been a few steps ahead of the popular zeitgeist, but in everyday life as well. That pink haired barista at the corner coffee shop? Obviously. The hunky twunk working out at the gym with the painted fingernails? Most definitely.
But now, apparently, EVERYONE is gay.
Newsweek is reporting that a survey conducted by George Barna in conjunction with the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University and Foundations of Freedom, a non-profit entity that promotes traditional American values, shows a significant increase in young people who identify as LGBTQ+.
The poll looked at so-called Millennials, defined as someone born from 1984-2002, which is about 78 million individuals representing a quarter of the U.S. population.
Barna’s poll is based on a sampling of 600 respondents representing Millennials weighted for factors such as geographic location, race and gender who took an average of 17 minutes each to answer 71 questions.
What is particularly interesting about this survey is that it looked at other questions besides just sexuality, posing such questions as to what the respondent felt about socialism (scored better than capitalism) and religion (74% believe all religions have equal value). What scored highest among the Millennials was a search for meaning in their lives (75%).
This comes not long after a similar poll from the Trevor Project reported that one in four LGBTQ+ youth identify as non-binary.
Conservatives, and in particular Evangelical Christians, will interpret these findings as evidence that their world is continuing to crumble around them. The heteronormative, white domination of American culture that they had come to view as the only valid vision of America is shown to be collapsing as fast as the ice sheets in the Arctic. Within a generation the sexual, and perhaps economic, landscape of America will be significantly different if these findings become permanent.
How to translate these findings will be the subject of discussion for many, but it does seem to reinforce that inner Gay-dar in many of us that there are more of us around than ever before.