Millennials are the “gayest” generation in America and twice as likely to identify as LGBT, a new study has found.

The report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that seven percent of 18 to 35-year-olds identify as LGBT. In contrast, another study found only three and a half percent of American adults over 35 did the same.

As well as asking respondents about sexual orientation and gender identity, the study took views on LGBT discrimination, equality in the workplace, sex education and abortion.

It was found that the majority of millennials believe proper sex education and contraception is the best way to prevent pregnancy – not abstinence – and that LGBT people should be protected from discrimination in the workplace.

The research was unclear about why there seemed to be more millennials identifying as LGBT compared to other generations.

Though it was suggested it could be due to millennials being more confident and forthcoming about their gender and sexuality compared to other generations.

Although this study only questioned over 18s, if Generation Z is brought into the mix there can be a pattern of growing tolerance – with less than half of them identifying as straight.