A survey has found that about 30% of millennials in the United States identify as gay or transgender. The Arizona Christian University-conducted study saw among the 30% of millennials who identify as LGBT that 39% of those between the ages of 18 and 24 said they fell into that category.
The university surveyed 600 people between the ages of 18 and 37 under the supervision of George Barna, the school’s Cultural Research Center’s director of research. “The generation is redefining sexuality, their own and how to perceive and respond to the gender identity and sexual-orientation choices of others,” the study, which was published as part of the Foundation of Freedom’s October issue, said.
“With that have come new ideas and choices regarding marriage and family. Consequently, a social institution that used to be a safe harbour has now become a battleground.”
The study looked into the political views of millennials and found in 2021, roughly 48% prefer socialism over capitalism. Millennials said the most important issue the United States is facing is the management of the Covid-19 pandemic, with climate change, racial discrimination, and abortion being the next top issues, according to the study. Issues listed by less than 2% of millennials as being among the most important include religious freedom, income inequality, and support for senior citizens, the results showed.
While a majority of respondents in the United States held favourable views of Jesus and the Bible, three out of four millennials viewed all religious beliefs as equal value and most rejected the existence of absolute moral truth.
Barna encouraged older generations to “recognise millennials as part of our legacy to the world” and “empower our young adults to champion what matters.”
“I invite you to look upon our youngest adults as a group that we might be able to help navigate through the challenges in which we have immersed them,” he wrote. “Rather than blasting them for a range of perceived inadequacies, perhaps we can support them with perspective, solutions, resources, and encouragement.”
A Gallup study on the people of the United States published in February found 1 in 6 members of Generation Z, which follows millennials, identified as gay or transgender, despite only 5.6% of the nation as a whole falling under the category.
ACU’s Cultural Research Center did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.