The LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD, touting an online poll it claims shows a stunning 20 percent of American millennials aged 18-34 “identify as LGBTQ,” is warning on its website that the Trump administration “is erasing the LGBTQ community from the USA.”
The organization said its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report also noted an increase in acceptance of LGBTQ lifestyles in 2015, citing that year’s controversial 5-4 Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage.
But the organization lamented that such headway was not as evident in 2016, when progress “slowed.”
Activists such as Dan Avery at LGBT entertainment website NewNowNext praised the report, hailing it as a harbinger of “a new openness about sexual orientation and gender identity.”
But others were more skeptical of the results, which came from “among 2,037 adults ages 18 and older, including 1,708 adults who self-identified as heterosexual.” The poll was conducted online – generally considered unscientific from the get-go – and no details were provided regarding how people were selected to participate.
Matt Philbin of the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters taunted those reporting the results from GLAAD and Harris Polling, with “BREAKING: Younger people are more susceptible to stupid trendiness.”
“That’s if you believe a new study from Harris Polling and GLAAD, the speech police for all things gay. The online survey of 2,037 purports to show that one in five millennials swims in the LGBTQ (and sometimes Y) alphabet soup.”
Philbin added: “As you might have suspected, the results aren’t exactly super-scientific, given the methodology can’t even provide a margin of error. But only a cynic doesn’t trust the veracity of all online interactions. (Sadly, the study doesn’t tell us how many nephews of deposed Nigerian oil ministers identify as gender-fluid, but we suspect fewer are checking the M/F box on the forms giving them access to your savings account.)”
The report says 20 percent of those 18-34 “identify as LGBTQ,” as do 12 percent of those 35-51, 7 percent of those 52-71, and 5 percent of those 72 and older.
That would make 12 percent of the total population LGBTQ.
However, according to Gallup, a 2000 census found less than 1 percent of American households were homosexual. And a contemporaneous Family Research Report said “around 2-3 percent of men, and 2 percent of women, are homosexual or bisexual.”
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates homosexuals comprise 3 to 8 percent of both sexes, the report said.
And Alfred Kinsey, the notorious “father of the sexual revolution” who openly encouraged adult-child sex, claimed 10 percent of the male population in the 1950s was “gay.” But Kinsey’s stat has been so definitively debunked that even LGBT advocates no longer cite it.
An update from just a few years ago by Gallup reported that only 3.8 percent of the adult population identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, from a random sample survey of adults ages 18 and up from all 50 states and D.C., a result that had a margin of error of four percentage points.
The GLAAD results were derived from a Nov. 2-4, 2016, survey. Some respondents were disqualified because they declined to answer gender identity questions, and no margin of error was provided.
“But they have numbers – such numbers!” wrote Philbin, “‘Specifically, millennials are more than twice as likely (20 percent vs. 7 percent) to identify as LGBTQ than the Boomer generation (people ages 52-71) and two-thirds (20 percent vs. 12 percent) more likely than Generation X (people ages 35-51).
“Of course, compared to the last generation, young people who identify as LGBTQ are twice as likely to garner unmerited attention, and those who are gender non-conforming are three times as likely to be celebrated as a courageous grievance group. So some movement of the numbers is to be expected, and it’s easy to see why Americans wildly overestimate the real percentage (3.8) of LGBTQ in their midst. But America is not yet the high school from Glee,‘” he wrote.
Despite GLAAD’s stated concerns about the Trump administration, the organization’s Sarah Kate Ellis says her enthusiasm is not dampened.
“As the [Trump] administration begins to fulfill its pledges to move the country backwards, many are concerned about progress made in recent years for the LGBTQ community,” she wrote. “However, this report shows a remarkable new era of understanding and acceptance among young people – an inspiring indication of the future.
“Though laws can be unwritten, hearts and minds of America have been changed for the better – and that is a reality less easily unraveled.”
While schools across the nation increasingly are promoting homosexuality, Philbin still doubts the survey’s results.
“In truth, Ellis’ ‘reality’ is a pretty flimsy construction. Phony survey numbers, wishful thinking and a propaganda assist from Hollywood and the news media can create a nice Potemkin façade, but beware a strong wind from a passing unicorn.”
The poll also claimed:
- 12 percent of millennials identify as transgender or gender non-conforming, meaning they do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth.
- Older generations largely use the words “gay” and “lesbian” and/or “man” and “woman” to describe their sexual orientation and gender identity respectively, millennials appear more likely to identify in terminology that falls outside those previously traditional binaries.
- And while levels of “discomfort” with alternative sexual lifestyles declined 3 percent from 2014-2015, they were unchanged from 2015-2016.