ICYMI: New Data Shows that Nearly 30% of Gen Z Adults Identify as LGBTQ+

by Aneesha Pappy

The differences along generational lines illustrate a positive shift in the social acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, allowing younger generations to feel more comfortable and more empowered to come out

WASHINGTON– New findings released this week from Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) polling and focus groups conducted last August and September show that 28% of Gen Z adults (ages 18-25) identify as LGBTQ+, which is substantially higher than what’s been reported by other sources, such as Gallup. This increase highlights a positive change in the social acceptance of LGBTQ+ people amongst younger generations and is further proof that the American electorate will be increasingly more out and allied as members of Gen Z turn 18. In comparison, PRRI found that 16% of millennials, 7% of Generation X, 4% of baby boomers and 4% of the Silent Generation identify as LGBTQ+.

Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson released the following statement:

“Whether it’s at the polls, in marches and rallies, or online, LGBTQ+ visibility matters and Gen Z is a force for change. Thousands of LGBTQ+ young people turn 18 each day -- and lawmakers should understand there will be repercussions in November for anti-LGBTQ+ political attacks. While LGBTQ+ people have always existed, it’s not always been, and still often is not, easy to live freely and openly. We will continue our work towards a future where everyone in every generation can be free and comfortable to be their authentic selves.”

With nearly 30% of Gen Z adults identifying as LGBTQ+, LGBTQ+ Americans are one of the fastest growing voting blocs in the country, growing at a scale, scope, and speed that will fundamentally reshape the American electoral landscape. The LGBTQ+ voting bloc is projected to surge in coming years, nearing one-in-five voters by 2040, emerging as among one of the most influential voting constituencies in the country whose impact will permanently transform and reshape politics in the United States.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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