There Are More Queer People Than Ever (Well, Kind Of)

If you haven’t heard, Gallup merely released a questionnaire that has rocked the US. It has proved once and for all something that we have always known: everyone is gay.

Ok, you got me. That’s not really what they said, but that’s what some media coverage is constituting it definitely sounds like. The sensationalized titles like NBC’s Americans are linking as LGBTQ more than ever, canvas witness isn’t undoubtedly incorrect, but it is misleading.

Let’s first look at the numbers. Harmonizing to Gallup, the amount of people who identify as LGBTQ+ enhanced by 60% from 2012 to 2020, which sounds like a big number! But this information is relative; in 2012, 3.5% of Americans self-identify as LGBTQ+ which has increased to 5.6% in 2020. This increase is pretty linear. It’s not certainly an exponential growth in lesbian people.

However, the austere divergence is between age groups. Virtually 16% of Americans 18 -2 3 identified as LGBTQ +, but only 2% of Americans “whos doing” 56 and older. That is pretty staggering. That’s 1 in 6 versus 1 in 50. Countless beings are speculating as to where this increase in coming-outs can be attributed. The correct react is that our culture is more accepting as a whole; according to the same study by Gallup, in 2020, 67% of people was pointed out that gay marriage should be allowed while simply 53% agreed with gay marriage in 2012.

The Americans who are 56 and older grown up in a experience where not only was gay marriage illegal but being homosexual was classified as a mental disturbance. Homosexuality wasn’t removed from the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental disturbance until December 15, 1973. The youngest party in that age group was 10 year olds, which is plenty aged enough to leave long-lasting impress about how queer parties be addressed in the US.

On the other hand, parties are asserting that it is “trendy” to come out. As if there aren’t still closeted people who are unable to come out due to familial and societal circumstances. Let’s simulate for a second that it’s true.

So what ??? So. Fucking. What?

I will never understand how someone could have such a God composite as to think that they are allowed to police other people’s souls. You know what was actually a trend? Low-rise jeans. And I have not seen a single piece of legislation trying to be overstepped against that flagrant clothe. Not to mention, fag people have always existed. Ancient civilizations boast fag beings in their arts and fibs. It was persecuted for centuries, and now we are finally getting the chance to express our genuine egoes without fear of being attacked.

So while homophobia may never be fully eradicated, queer beings are at the very least getting more protection from the government. On February 21, 2021, Congress delivered the Equality Act, which protects LGBTQ+ beings from discrimination in employment, residence, approval, education, public openings and works, federally funded programs, and jury assistance. Should this pass in the Senate and become law, this coupled with the younger generation’s increased self-expression indicates a promising future for lesbian Americans everywhere.

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