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American adults claiming to be queer are at an all-time high.
A recent Gallup poll reveals that, owing to the rapid rise in millennials who self-identify as LGBT, four and a half percent of all U.S. adults now report being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. That translates to roughly 11 million adults who have a same-sex attraction or feel their gender doesn't match their biological sex.
Those identifying as LGBT have more than doubled since the 1990s, according to Dr. Gary J. Gates, research director of the Williams Institute. In 2015, Gates commented, "If we look at some surveys from the early 90s, it was only in about the two percent range. So it's more than doubled in the last ten years."
Gallup polled four age groups: millennials born after 1979, Generation X born after 1964, baby boomers born after 1945 and Traditionalists born after 1913. The only age bracket, however, to show a significant increase in unnatural gender identity or sexual orientation are Millennials.
The number of baby boomers and Traditionalists claiming to be LGBT actually fell slightly over the past five years, while those in Generation X, alleging to be sexually queer, rose by the same amount. Millennials during that same period, however, saw a rise of almost two and a half percent with the sharpest increase occurring after the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015.
Adults under the age of 38 have been facing a militant pro-LGBT agenda, while Catholic clergy have looked on largely in silence.