By Stewart Perrie
A new study of millennials in the United States of America has revealed a third of those surveyed identify as LGBTQ.
The number of people who recognise themselves to be non-heterosexual or non-cisgendered has been slowly climbing over the years thanks to visibility, law changes and acceptance.
But the Arizona Christian University wanted to see just how many people are comfortable with their sexuality or gender expression.
They surveyed 600 people aged between 18 to 37 in the hope it would give them an insight into how these two aspects of identity are tracking in the modern age.
They found 30 per cent of millennials now categorise themselves as being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.
A decent chunk of these millennials (39 per cent) are aged between 18 to 24.
According to the Daily Mail, the study concluded: “[Millenials are] redefining sexuality, their own and how to perceive and respond to the gender identity and sexual-orientation choices of others.”
But sexuality wasn’t the only focus of the study.
The Arizona Christian University’s investigation asked young people about the world around them and they found millennials are largely ‘anti-establishment, unpatriotic, pro-freedom of religion, and desperately trying to find a purpose in life’.
The age group said managing the coronavirus pandemic was the most important issue in the US.
They were split nearly down the middle when asked whether they prefer socialism or capitalism, with the former gaining a little less than half the vote.
Forty per cent of people listed themselves as progressive, while 29 per cent categorised themselves as conservative.
One in three millennials had been to a protest recently, highlighting how young people are particularly pro-activism.
However, this age group has largely admitted to being racked with stress, depression, anxiety and feelings of being lost.
Three quarters of those surveyed said they are still trying to find their purpose in life, which isn’t surprising considering a big chunk of them would still be in university and might be facing a crisis about whether they want to keep studying.
The Arizona Christian University’s director of research at the Cultural Research Center, George Barna, explained how this data is crucial to understanding young people.
He noted: “Rather than blasting them for a range of perceived inadequacies, perhaps we can support them with perspective, solutions, resources, and encouragement.”
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