Recent study says that less than 50 per cent of teenagers identify as straight
The current generation of young adults and teens are the most open and vocal generation so far when it comes to gender expression.
Many adolescents are confidently speaking out about identifying as gender-fluid or transgender and every year more and more teenagers are attending Pride events.
A recent study found that not only does the current generation feel free in expressing their opinion about their gender or sexuality but more than 50 per cent would say they fall under the LGBT+ umbrella.
According to a new study by trend forecasting agency, J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group, only 48 per cent of young people between the ages of 13 and 20 years identify as 'exclusively heterosexual'.
Over 50 per cent identify as being LGBT+.
This is compared to 65 per cent of millennials aged 21 to 34 years.
Out recently quoted a statement from Vice on the subject which said;
"On a scale of zero to six, where zero signified "completely straight" and six meant "completely homosexual," more than a third of the young demographic chose a number between one and five, indicating that they were bisexual to some degree. Only 24 percent of their older counterparts identified this way."
While some feel that this increase in the number of young people calling themselves LGBT+ is due to it seeming trendy I think it is more likely that more and more young people are aware of terms like gender-fluid, pansexual and trans than other generations.
I find talking to teenagers that are much more enlightened on LGBT+ topics than many adults much older than them as they have more access and education on different gender expressions and sexual preferences.