Roughly 30% of millennials in the United States identify as gay or transgender, according to a recent study conducted by Arizona Christian University.
Among the 30% of millennials who identify as LGBT , 39% of those between the ages of 18 and 24 said they fall into that category, according to the results of the study , which surveyed 600 people between the ages of 18 and 37 and was overseen by 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 harbor has now become a battleground.”
The study also looked into the political views of millennials and found in 2021, roughly 48% prefer socialism over capitalism. Millennials also said the most important issue the U.S. is facing is 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 held favorable views of Jesus and the Bible , 3 in 4 millennials viewed all religious beliefs of equal value, and most rejected the existence of absolute moral truth.
Barna encouraged older generations to “recognize 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 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.