More millennials identify at LGBT than any other generation according to a recent Gallup pole.
Millennials, defined here as those born between 1980 and 1998, drive virtually all of the increases observed in overall LGBT self-identification. The portion of that generation identifying as LGBT increased from 5.8% in 2012 to 7.3% in 2016. LGBT identification remained relatively stable over the five-year period at 3.2% among Generation X and declined slightly from 2.7% to 2.4% among baby boomers and from 1.8% to 1.4% among traditionalists.
Millennials are more than twice as likely as any other generation to identify as LGBT. In 2012, they accounted for 43% of LGBT-identified adults. As a result of their disproportionate increases in identification since then, they now account for 58%. Millennials comprise 32% of the general adult population.
This analysis is based on interviews with a random sample of more than 1.6 million U.S. adults as part of Gallup Daily tracking. Across the five years of data collection, more than 49,000 respondents said “yes” when asked, “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?”
Do these findings surprise you? They don’t surprise me at all. Millennials seem to own their sexuality like no other generation before them. That being said, millennials owe the generations before them for making it a safer and more accepting world by their trailblazing efforts!