According to a new survey, Americans are engaging in same-sex encounters more than ever. It seems that the mentality of US citizens changed considerably since the 1970s. Presently there are more people opened to having a homosexual encounter, and the percentage of individuals that have nothing against the LGBTQ community openly manifesting itself also skyrocketed.
The data from the study shows that the number of Americans who display a welcoming attitude towards the LGBTQ community quadrupled over the past 40 years.
“This data showed strikingly how quickly opinions on same-sex sexuality changed. [The data] suggests a fundamental shift in sexual behavior toward more freedom and the abandonment of previously strict social rules against same sex sexuality.”
The numbers that the team used when comprising the survey was taken from the General Social Survey of the Research Center for National Opinion. The information dated from 1973 to 2014. The ages of the participants were between 18 and 96.
Over 34,000 individuals answered questions regarding their sexuality, their attitude towards same sex encounters, and same sex relations. Approximately 28,000 agreed to share intimate details about their sexual encounters.
According to the data, in 1973 approximately ten percent of the entire population of the US declared to be accepting of gay and bisexual individuals. Forty years later, in 2014, roughly 50 percent stated that they were OK with the idea of people engaging in same sex encounters.
The survey shows that the biggest spike in acceptance occurred after the 1990s. Moreover, it seems that young Americans are the most acceptant of all generations. Their rate of lesbian and gay approval rose from 15 percent during the 1990s to a whopping 63 percent.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that 9 percent of all women that were interviewed and 8 percent of the men admitted to having at least one sexual encounter with a person of the same sex.
Of course, there might be a possibility that people are more honest about their sexual orientations today than they were in the past. However, that still says a lot about our society and the degree of admittance of the LGBTQ community.
There is still a long way to go until everybody is OK with a more fluid sexuality than the one that was considered a “norm.”
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