More Americans open to Homosexuality

Rate of gay sex in the United States is rising incredibly, suggests a new study. The sharp increase shows that most Americans are open to accept homosexuality, it adds.

A group of social scientists conducted a survey and found that numbers of male sexual partners increased in last over 25 years. They used data from the General Social Survey (GSS) on 33,728 individuals, and compared percentage of gay partners in 1990 with their numbers in 2014. According to them, the percentage had nearly doubled during that period.

The group also found that percentage of women reporting female sexual partners had over doubled in the same time. The scientists also observed that percentage of US people accepting such relationship has also increased. The findings have been published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior on June 1.

People who were earlier worried about the civil rights issue must be happy with the research’s results, said Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and an author of the study. According to her, the surprising thing is that the change has happened very quickly. Twenge is also author of ‘Generation Me’.

Before 1990, there were only a few people in the US who thought sexual relations between two adults of the same sex aren’t a wrong thing. From 1973 and 1990, percentage of such beliefs increased from 11% to 13%. By 2014, about half of the US adults say they accept these relationships. For millennials, the percentage is 63%, as per the study.

“Millennials are markedly more accepting of same-sex behavior than Gen Xers were at the same age — but then, so are most adults”, said Ryne Sherman, a researcher from the Florida Atlantic University and co-author of the study.

According to a story published on the topic by STL Today, “A new study shows Americans are more accepting than ever of same-sex encounters. Nearly half the people surveyed, 49 percent, said sexual relations between two people of the same sex was “not wrong at all” in 2014.”

A team of researchers from Florida Atlantic University, San Diego State University and Widener University looked at the results of the General Social Survey, a large ongoing survey of around 30,000 U.S. adults conducted by the University of Chicago since 1972.

In 1973, just 11 percent of Americans said they thought homosexual sex was “not wrong.” By 1990 that percentage had risen just slightly, to 13 percent, the team wrote in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

A report published in Time informed, “The research, published today in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, analyzed survey data from roughly 30,000 Americans from 1973 to 2014. People in the nationally representative General Social Survey were asked about their sexual behavior and attitudes about same-sex experiences.”

The number of Americans who had had sex with someone of the same sex doubled between 1990 and 2014—for both men (4.5% in 1990 to 8.2% in 2014) and women (3.6% in 1990 to 8.7% in 2014). These increases didn’t appear to be driven exclusively by people who identify as gay or lesbian, but by people who have had sex with people both sexes, says study author Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University and author of the book Generation Me. The percentage of people who have had sex with both men and women shot up from 3.1 % in 1990 to 7.7%.

“What we’re seeing is this movement toward more sexual freedom,” says Twenge. “There’s more freedom for people to do what they want without following the traditional, often now seen as outdated, social rules about who you’re supposed to have sex with and when.” People in the Midwest and South showed the largest increases in same-sex experiences; cities on the coasts had steadier same-sex experience rates.

The survey also looked at what people thought about same-sex hookups. Back in 1973, the prevailing opinion was not great; only 11% of Americans believed that there was no problem with sexual relations between two adults of the same sex. By 1990, that number had crept to just 13%. But since then, people have gotten cozy with the idea of same-sex hookups. In 2014, 49% of people surveyed—and 63% of Millennials—stated that this kind of relationship was “not wrong at all.”

“A new study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that more Americans are engaging in same-sex sexual relationships, including an increasing number of adults who say they’ve had both male and female partners. The study also found that an overwhelming percentage of Americans say they are accepting of and open to this trend,” according to a news report published by HRC.

“A team of social scientists found that the percentage of men reporting male sexual partners had nearly doubled from 1990 to 2014, and the percentage of women reporting same-sex experiences had more than doubled during the same period,” The Washington Post reported. “Between 1973 and 1990, the percentage of adults who believed ‘sexual relations between two adults of the same sex [was] not wrong at all’ only rose from 11 percent to 13 percent. But by 2014, 49 percent of all adults and 63 percent of millennials expressed tolerance of these relationships.”

HRC Foundation, in partnership with BiNet USA, the Bisexual Organizing Project, and the Bisexual Resource Center, released “A Resource Guide to Coming Out As Bisexual” earlier this year to help bisexual people of all ages who are contemplating the important step of coming out. The guide features the inspirational words of bisexual people who have come out and found community and fulfillment, as well as advice about the risks and rewards of coming out, and strategies for navigating real life coming out situations – from telling family and friends, to assessing whether a workplace would be supportive and safe.

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