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One-In-Five LGBTQ Millennials Say 'Homosexuality' Has Caused "Deterioration Of Morality"

A recent nationwide survey of 1,750 millennials (ages 18 to 34) found solid support for LGBTQ rights and protections, with one small eyebrow raising statistic.

Political science professor Cathy Cohen facilitates the bimonthly GenForward poll and focused the June survey on LGBT issues, titled Millennial Views on LGBT Issues: Race, Identity, and Morality.

Cohen shared her thoughts on the results in an essay with The Advocate.

To a great degree, the results were encouraging.

Of those polled, 14% identified as “something other than heterosexual.” 

While a majority of respondents say they know someone who is gay, lesbian or bisexual, only 22% of millennials of color and 37% of white millennials say they know someone who is transgender.

As we’ve seen throughout the past few decades, its visibility that helps move LGBTQ rights and respect forward.

When it comes to LGBTQ equality, a majority of millennials either “strongly” or “somewhat” favor adoption by LGBTQ folks, legal protections to prevent discrimination in the workplace, allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military, increasing government spending on HIV/AIDS and accepting more LGBTQ immigrants from countries with hostile policies towards our community.

There was widespread support for reducing violent hate crime and LGBTQ bullying. However, according to the survey, 53% of African-American millennials and 50% of Latinx millennials feel the issues LGBTQ people face today are different than those promoted by mainstream LGBTQ organizations.

Contrast that to white (58%) and Asian-American (50%) millennials who say everyone benefits when mainstream LGBTQ organizations strive for human rights.

The one eyebrow raising piece of data emerged from the question, “Has homosexuality led to a deterioration of morality in this country?” 

A majority disagreed with the statement, but a surprising 41% agreed.

Wait, what?

And - 21% of the LGBTQ respondents agreed as well.

So, one-in-five LGBTQ millennials believe their own sexuality is a negative when it comes to morality in the United States?

Is this self-loathing in action?

Cohen noted that that question was the only occurrence of the word “homosexuality” in the survey. She hypothesizes that the word itself is still a trigger in American culture as “something bad and deviant.”

She also wondered if “homosexuality” might hold a different meaning for millennials than LGBTQ which is used more and more in social media.

Cohen concludes by writing, “It should remind us of all the work that remains to be done and how little we should take for granted when it comes to educating young people about the reality of LGBTQ lives, especially the lives of young queers of color.”

Check out the full essay at The Advocate.

New Survey On LGBTQ Behavior - Politics, Sex & More

Pride Month is the perfect time to raise our voices.

With that in mind, Buzzfeed News thought this would be a good time to ask some questions about the LGBTQ community. And so, they did.

A new BuzzFeed News poll shows that LGBTQ voters overwhelmingly identify as Democrats and ideologically center-left with the partisan gap at an astounding 53%:

Party Affiliation:

• 65% identify as Democrats

• 21% identify as Independents

• 12% identify as Republicans

Partisan Gap: 53%

 

Ideology:

• 59% identify as somewhat or very liberal

• 25% identify as moderate

• 11% identify as somewhat or very conservative

Ideological Gap: 48%

 

Political Engagement:

• 88% are registered to vote

• 67% vote in state and federal elections

 

Lucas Acosta, DNC LGBTQ Media Director, responded to those numbers saying, “LGBTQ voters know that Democrats have stood by their side in the fight for equal rights and equal opportunity.”

“The Republican strategy of ignoring the LGBTQ community and erasing us from mentions on websites, all while trying to strip us of access to quality and affordable health care--has long lasting impacts on our community.” 

“With more LGBTQ Democratic candidates running up and down the ticket than ever before, LGBTQ voters will be an integral part of sending Democrats to victory this November,” Acosta added.

 

More results from the survey:

• 55% of the respondents were women, 41% were men, and 4-5% identified as queer/nonbinary

• Twice as many identify as gay than lesbian - 32% to 16%

• Here’s news - almost half (46%) identified as bisexual

• Only 51 of the 880 respondents identified as transgender

• Correlating with recent reports, most who say they are LGBTQ are under 40 with 57% being between 18-39

• 55% of those surveyed said they are out while 38% said they’re out to some people in their lives; 7% reported not being out at all

• The average LGBTQ person came out at the age of 21

• When it comes to sex, bisexual folks are leading the pack with 29% saying they have sex once or twice a week and 15% reporting even more. (Insert funny about having twice as many chances here)

That compares to 18% of gay people having sex once a week and 14% several times. 

Lesbians indicated the least sex with 35% abstaining last year, 19% several times a year, 25% once or twice a month, and 4% several times a week.

Head over to Buzzfeed for more results.