57% of Young People Do Not Identify as Strictly “Straight”


Young people today, more often than not, are fed up with labels and many are a lot more sexually fluid than previous generations. Gay Star News reports,

“More than half of young people don’t identify as straight, according to a new survey.

Anti-bullying nonprofit Ditch The Label has found more young people are just foregoing all sexuality labels and dating who they like.

Polling over 1,000 people between the ages of 13 and 26 in the US and UK, it found 57% said they felt like they did not fit into the traditional definition of heterosexuality.

There were 47% who chose not to be labeled at all, saying they feel terms like ‘straight’, ‘lesbian’ and ‘gay’ are too limiting.

Also, 76% said labels on sexuality were ‘no longer important’ and people ‘should be able to date whoever they wanted’.

Other findings also included how 93% felt it was a good thing to explore your sexuality.”

Do the OUTfront readers feel this is because sexuality is more accepted, or is this simply a permanent shift in sexual behaviors among young adults?

What was it like when you came out? How old were you and what was the “climate” at the time? We would love to hear from you!

One thought on “57% of Young People Do Not Identify as Strictly “Straight”

  • February 18, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I was having a conversation with my 19 year old nephew the other day and when I asked him what he identified as, he simply said “whatever” and that if he has a connection with someone it just happens. No labels.


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