1 in 4 high school students gay, bi, or questioning

1 in 4 gay bi or questioning

1 in 4 high school students in the US identifies as gay, bi, or questioning according to the latest Centers for Disease Control annual report.

The latest figures come from a 2021 survey of 17,232 students between the ages of 14 and 18.  About 3/4 claimed a sole attraction to the opposite sex.

Of the rest, nearly 12% considered themselves bi, just over 3% either gay or lesbian and 9% ‘other’ — which could include those who identify as pansexual, asexual or questioning.

The number of people identifying as LGBTQIA+ increases every year. So, 1 in 4 high school students identifying as gay, bi, or questioning sets a new but not unexpected record.

7.2% of adults

In February, the latest Gallup poll figures revealed 7.2% of adult Americans now identify as ‘something other than heterosexual’. Of the various age demographics, Gen Z had the highest percentage of non-heteros.

Experts attribute the increase to more people feeling comfortable being open about their sexual orientation and identities.

Ritch Savin-Williams, professor emeritus of developmental psychology at Cornell University, dismissed arguments the increase resulted from faddishness.

“Social media has added to this visibility that there are options that were not previously available. In a positive sense, it sort of says, ‘Hey, look, you don’t have to fit into these boxes’.”

Sadly, increased LGBTQIA+ visibility has led to increased kickback against progress on LGBTQIA+ rights.

Legislation like Florida’s notorious ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill cause increased anxiety in LGBTQIA+ youth.

The Centers for Disease Control urged schools to create a more inclusive environment for queer teens. It recommended initiatives such as gender and sexuality alliances, curating safe spaces and enforcing anti-harassment policies.

Persistent feelings of hopelessness

The survey also revealed that despite increased openness, nearly 70% of LGBTQ students experience persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.

Read More: Doubling of Americans identifying as LGBT+ since 2012.

Census data showed increase in same-sex couples in Australia in 2016.

Hope next Census will finally count LGBTQIA+ communities.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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