We may not be able to afford out own homes, pay for university or take gap years without worrying like generations before us, but one thing us millennials do have on our side is a bit more freedom to be open with our sexuality.
As we know, whether we like men, women, both or neither is now seen as more of a spectrum than a hard and fast rulebook. Many use the Kinsey Scale as a good way of illustrating that spectrum, and a YouGov survey from 2015 showed that 49 per cent of young people identified as something other than 100 per cent heterosexual using that very scale.
So it comes as little surprise that a new study shows people aged 18-24 are more likely than ever to be out and proud when it comes to expressing their sexuality, compared with any other age group.
Healthcare clinic euroClinix spoke to around 2,000 Brits to find out just how they label their sexual preferences in 2018 – and the results are very telling.
Overall, around 87 per cent identified as heterosexual, six per cent as homosexual and seven per cent as bisexual. That doesn’t sound like a lot, does it? But taking into account this spans all age groups, the contrast in figures really arrives when you break down those ages.
Almost a quarter of all 18-24 year olds said they consider themselves either homosexual or bisexual, while only nine per cent of over 65s said the same. But why?
Thankfully today, British society is slightly more accepting of people who identify as anything other than straight, with gay rights coming on leaps and bounds in just the past few years. In fact, public approval of non-hetero relationships has risen from just 17 per cent in 1983 to 64 per cent in 2016.
But the story for older generations is very different.
For many people over 65, homosexuality would’ve been illegal during their early years of life, with shame and violence quickly coming their way even after the laws were lifted in 1967. So it’s no surprise many would’ve kept their true sexual identity under wraps throughout their lives – and even still to this day.
But as British society moves forward and becomes more accepting of non-binary sexual identities, it’s likely we’ll see all of these figures rise with it.
If you’re not being supported or struggling to come to terms with your sexuality, please visit Stonewall, who offer acceptance without exception.