Half of UK young people don’t identify as 100% heterosexual, according to new YouGov research.
Half of young people in the UK don’t identify as 100% heterosexual, according to new research from British firm YouGov. Among 18- to 24-year-olds, 46% said they were fully heterosexual, 6% said fully homosexual, and 43% placed themselves somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.
The company asked 1,632 people to place themselves somewhere on the Kinsey scale—a spectrum of sexuality developed by the researcher Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s—with 0 being exclusively heterosexual and 6 being exclusively homosexual. Among respondents of all ages, 72% considered themselves completely heterosexual, 4% completely homosexual, and 19% somewhere in the middle.
This move away from binaries, particularly among millennials and generation Z, speaks to what we’re already seeing in popular culture. Gen Z icons Cara Delevingne and Miley Cyrus have both become faces for LGBT rights, with Delevingne staunchly defending her bisexuality and Cyrus describing herself as gender fluid. Meanwhile our own research found that 81% of US and UK generation Zers don’t think gender defines a person as much as it used to, and 82% said they don’t care about sexual orientation.
Overall, YouGov notes that bisexuality and homosexuality are not necessarily becoming the norm (89% of poll respondents still described themselves as heterosexual), but “more than anything, it indicates an increasingly open-minded approach to sexuality.”