QUEER IS THE NEW HETEROSEXUAL, SAY TEENS


Jaden Smith

By Filip Teovanovic

More teenagers are rejecting gender binaries, according to a new study.

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The results of a survey by forecasting agency J. Walter Thompson Innovation Group published by Vice show that gender binaries are not as important to Generation Z (teenagers aged 13-20) as they were to previous generations.

According to the report, 65% of millenials (21-35 years old) identify as exclusively straight, while only 48% of the 1000 teenagers surveyed identified as heterosexual.

Gen Z is less interested in being defined by gender. The survey revealed 56% of teens said they know someone who goes by a gender-neutral pronoun like they, them or ze. More than a half of the teen participants reported they buy clothes regardless of the gender-specific department.

“Millennials are quite open when it comes to gender identity, generally, but they haven’t been exposed to the range of vocabulary and nuance around this that Gen Z has become accustomed to, especially when it comes to discussions on online platforms like Tumblr,” Shepherd Laughlin from the J Walter Innovation Group told Vice.com.

“I think that as Gen Zers eventually enter the workplace and interact more with millennials as adults, millennials will gain a better understanding of these issues, and the gap will narrow.”

Generation Z already has no shortage of gender fluid celebrity representatives. Singer Miley Cyrus has come out as genderfluid, and Jaden Smith (pictured) was recently named the new face of Louis Vuitton womenswear.