'It's surprising only a third of young people say they're gay or bisexual', says LGBT journalist

'It's surprising only a third of young people say they're gay or bisexual', says journalist

A third of young people say they are gay or bisexual

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It's surprising that only a third of 16-22-year-olds say they are gay or bisexual because sexuality is a rolling scale, according to an LGBT journalist.

A third of people aged between 16 and 22 say they identify as gay or bi, according to pollster Ipsos Mori. However 88% of those in the 'baby boomer' generation, those who are now in their 50s and 60s, say they are heterosexual.

Benjamin Butterworth, a journalist for LGBT website Pink News, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "What surprises me is that it’s not higher beause I think sexualtiy is a rolling scale. I think most people aren’t entirely gay or aren’t entirely heterosexual but are somewhere in between.

"I suspect we’d find quite a lot of people have been attracted to someone of the same sex at some point."

He believes the generational gap shows because those in their 50s and 60s had "such a different environment that the idea you would have admitted [being non-heterosexual] or indulged that part of yourself is a lot less likely."

Butterworth added that in schools now "it’s actually quite normal to be open about [sexuatlity] as a teenager so I think there's been a really significant shift in the last 10 years" since culture has changed and section 28, which meant local authorities couldn't promote homosexuality, was removed.

Listen to the full interview above

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