FEBRUARY 24, 2021
LGBT Identification Rises to 5.6% in Latest U.S. Estimate
BY JEFFREY M. JONES
And, no, it’s not mature adults finally developing the courage to come out of the closet that’s behind this 60% increase in the share of the public identifying as LGBT from 2012 to 2020, it’s recruitment of
fresh meat young bodies.
Transgender and the bisexual catch-all are up dramatically among the young and vulnerable.
In addition to the pronounced generational differences, significant gender differences are seen in sexual identity, as well as differences by people’s political ideology:
Women are more likely than men to identify as LGBT (6.4% vs. 4.9%, respectively).
Women are more likely to identify as bisexual — 4.3% do, with 1.3% identifying as lesbian and 1.3% as something else. Among men, 2.5% identify as gay, 1.8% as bisexual and 0.6% as something else.
13.0% of political liberals, 4.4% of moderates and 2.3% of conservatives say they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Differences are somewhat less pronounced by party identification than by ideology, with 8.8% of Democrats, 6.5% of independents and 1.7% of Republicans identifying as LGBT.
There are no meaningful educational differences — 5.6% of college graduates and 5.7% of college nongraduates are LGBT.
I know an older man, a cultured gentleman with whom I’ve gone to the opera, whose wife wants to take him to the cleaners in a divorce. So she’s encouraging their teenage daughters to claim to be boys.
It’s not hard to get adolescent girls to along with the latest social fads, like dressing emo two decades ago. But back then there wasn’t an Emo Rights movement that got Emo Identity written into the laws. So if in 2001 dad switched the car radio from Marilyn Manson to Chopin, the daughters couldn’t call in government social workers as vengeance. But now if you are overheard referring to your daughter as “she,” you can be in big trouble with the Law.