This LGBT teen had the best response to a third of Americans being ‘uncomfortable’ with her sexuality
Sometimes, statistics have to be put in perspective.
And when someone does that well, it can turn into a devastating comeback.
That was the case when Kait, a bisexual Twitter user who has a history of skewering homophobes, responded to the latest survey about LGBT people by media charity GLAAD.
The report revealed that around one-third of non-LGBT Americans feel uncomfortable with “people who are exploring or questioning their sexual orientation”.
And Kait, 17, had no time for that.
Can’t argue with that.
And there were plenty of people who agreed with the tweet, in addition to the more than 12,000 who have retweeted it.
— Ilse (@Ilseee_interest) April 1, 2017
— Nikita T. Mitchell (@NikitaTMitchell) April 1, 2017
@itzzkait God this is so true. It's so sad too.
— No. (@mia_keller1) March 31, 2017
— ??Chicorah?? (@QueenAmazi) April 1, 2017
In its annual survey, GLAAD also discovered that less than two-thirds of people aged 18 to 34 knew a gay or lesbian person, compared to 78 percent of Baby Boomers.
There’s a simple explanation, though: LGBT youngsters are describing themselves with more variety and specificity, taking advantage of the prevalence of terms to describe their sexualities.
A GLAAD spokesperson said: “LGBTQ peers largely describe themselves in words outside more traditional binaries.
This could be attributed to “increased cultural acceptance and media visibility that oftentimes allows for an earlier and more sophisticated understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity as spectrums,” they added.
This explained, they said, why when it came to gender and sexuality terminology, “heightened sophistication is shared among non-LGBTQ Millennials.”
This group benefits from having LGBT friends who teach them a more diverse group of terms simply by talking to them.
GLAAD also found that one in six Millennials does not self-define as straight – almost double the percentage of those aged 35-51.
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