A look at recent trends related to sexual orientation

| Mar 11, 2021 | Sexual Orientation Discrimination

The issue of sexual orientation continues to punctuate news reports in recent times. This includes changing laws and attitudes as well as divisive arguments from all areas of U.S. society. 

A look at recent information on this topic can shed light on some important issues. 

More Americans identify as LGBT

According to ABC Eyewitness News, a recent Gallup poll indicated that 5.6% of Americans identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. This represents an increase of nearly 1% in three years. The largest group, bisexual, accounted for more than half of LGBT individuals. 

The poll uncovered an interesting generational divide among respondents. Younger people were more likely to identify as LGBT or non-heterosexual than older people by a significant margin. A question remains whether young people are more likely to identify as LGBT as the U.S. landscape shifts to more acceptance of non-traditional sexual orientation roles. The poll also found that more women than men identify as LGBT. 

Study finds ongoing discrimination

The Center for American Progress reported on a study that showed LGBTQ people suffered from discrimination in their personal lives, at work and in access to medical care. The report findings showed that about 1 in 3 LGBTQ individuals faced some kind of discrimination in 2020. This discrimination adversely affected the mental and economic well-being of this community. 

Many in the LGBTQ community reported altering aspects of their personal lives to avoid discrimination. This included actions taken in their personal lives as well as their professional lives. In many areas, transgender individuals experienced some of the highest levels of discrimination according to the study.