Poll Shows a Whopping 20% of Gen Z is ‘LGBT.’ How Did This Happen?

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It is human nature to want to be included, feel special, and feel more than just ordinary. But, unfortunately, to be average and typical is often believed to be faceless and milquetoast. 

This desire to be part of the “cool kids” club begins in youth; I’ve even witnessed it in my six-year-old daughter. She laments that kids her age think she’s “weird” because she uses bigger words than them, is interested in a wide range of topics, and instead of zoning out to a tablet, is forced to use her imagination, play with crayons, and, get ready for it… be bored.

I’m not worried about this development, it’s normal, and that is what I told my daughter; it’s good to be a little “weird” if it’s who you indeed are, and it’s always better to be interesting than fall in line with the status quo just to “fit in.”

But a trend spreading across this country has more significant implications than just being part of the “it crowd” or “marching to your own beat.”

Is Anyone Heterosexual Anymore?

A recent Gallup Poll of 10,000 Americans found a whopping 7.2% of U.S. adults identified as LGBT last year, setting a record high. The numbers get even more staggering when you break them out by generation.

For my generation, the Millennials, who were born between 1981 and 1996, 11% identified as LGBT last year.

But of course, it was the upcoming generation, Z, who took the lead, with adults born between 1997 and 2004 identifying as LGBT at the rate of 20%.

To put it into more tangible numbers, essentially, one in five Zoomers identify as either homosexual or transgender.

Last year Bill Maher aptly joked:

“If we follow this trajectory, we will all be gay in 2054.”

Funny, but perhaps not all that untrue. So what could be contributing to this sharp increase in LGBT Americans?

Some argue it’s a combination of a larger acceptance in our society of the LGBT community and that Generation Z is the first generation to grow into adulthood with homosexuals free to marry and serve in the Armed Services openly. Undoubtedly both of those hypotheses hold merit and contribute, but a few out there have a different idea.

Part Of The Club

You can always count on Elon Musk to have a take on just about anything going on in society.

For example, upon the publication of this Gallup Poll, Elon wrote:

“Over the past few decades, among western elites, LGBT shifted from ostracism (or worse) to being the cool kids club.”

Elon isn’t alone in this theory that perhaps the rise in LGBT Americans is less concerned with their sexual preferences and more with wanting to be “cool.”

Bill Maher added to his comment above, stating:

“Yes, part of the rise in LGBT numbers is from people feeling free enough to tell it to a pollster and that’s all to the good, but some of it is – it’s trendy.”

Could impressionable youth and young Americans be hitching their “identities” to the alphabet soup train to feel special and elite? Surely that doesn’t sound right. Who would ever think that young men and women inundated through mainstream media and social media with images portraying one group as victims and unique would want to feel that same sort of attention and adoration?

Being LGBT isn’t the same as obnoxiously ordering avocado toast for breakfast and only taking cashew milk with your overpriced overcomplicated coffee order…is it?

Under Pressure

Peer pressure is an absolute beast, and it doesn’t go away once you graduate high school. Hell, it doesn’t go away when you turn 40. When I was in school in the 90s, I felt the most considerable peer pressure was to drink cheap alcohol, smoke weed, and have sex. 

Nowadays, teenagers and younger face much more extreme pressures. Instead of coming at you just when you are in school, they are inundated with it on their cell phones. Even in the 90s, there were a few gay and lesbian teenagers in my school – so I’m not surprised that there is an uptick in young adults who identify as homosexual.

But the Gallup Poll found that most of Generation Z’s growth was with those who identify as bisexual. If you are unfamiliar, bisexuality is when someone is sexually attracted to both men and women.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone who tracks social media trends. For example, on the ever-popular Gen Z preferred platform, Tik Tok’s hashtag #bisexual has over 20 billion views.

Who wouldn’t want to be identified as bisexual in this social climate? You essentially get to shift your proclivities on a sexuality spectrum bending your personality and desires to whatever is hip at the time. 

Is any of this dangerous or detrimental to civilization? It depends on your worldview, I suppose, but the fact that speaking about this growing trend in any critical tone lands you in cancel culture jail should be raising alarms.


The United States isn’t the only country that has taken notice of the increase in alternative sexual identities. For example, England’s National Health Service reported that ten years ago, there were only 250 referrals for youth to be seen at gender clinics.

Now that number is more than 5,000. Some in medical academia are slowly raising an eyebrow at these statistics.

Dr. Lisa Littman, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology and Assistant Professor at Brown University, coined the term “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” or ROGD to describe young adults who had shown no early issues with their gender but who suddenly exhibited symptoms of gender dysphoria. The good doctor hypothesized this was due to a “social contagion and peer influences.” 

Why does this matter? Because the pressures I felt as a teenager could’ve landed me in trouble with the law and perhaps an early pregnancy and, in the most extreme cases, death. 

Youths succumbing to the transgender peer pressure machine could find themselves mutilated beyond recognition and quite possibly dead.

Journalist Tim Pool posed this question recently:

“I think we should ask ourselves why so many young people desperately want to be someone else instead of themselves.”

To which Elon Musk replied:

“If you are taught to hate yourself, you will want to be someone else.”

Interesting exchange; what are we doing to our kids and young Americans? Are we giving them space to be their most authentic selves, or are we trying to mold them into an image we think is cutting edge and provides them maximum victimhood privilege?

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