Queer youth is diverse beyond the common categories of gay & bi

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More than 20% of queer American teenagers and young adults identify as something other than gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to a survey presented yesterday by The Trevor Project.

The survey, which was conducted last year, reveals a major part of LGBTQ youth prefer terms like “queer, trisexual, omnisexual or pansexual” to describe their sexual orientation. In comparison to the 21% of queer kids who use those less common terms, 45% identify as gay or lesbian and 33% as bisexual.

Dr. Amy Green, director of Research for The Trevor Project, said in a statement the survey results are consistent with terms used by LGBTQ youth in speaking with the organisation.

“The Trevor Project often hears from young people who identify outside of the sexual orientation labels of gay, lesbian or bisexual, and many times they are able to articulate the difference between their emotional, romantic and sexual attractions to others,” Green said. “LGBTQ young people understand the complexities of their sexual orientation, so we hope to see the research, education and clinical fields expand their sexual orientation measures beyond lesbian, gay and bisexual labels in an effort to better serve LGBTQ youth.”

The vast majority of LGBTQ youth who wrote in a sexual orientation in the survey provided one sexual orientation, according The Trevor Project. Among the terms are asexual, polysexual, abrosexual, graysexual, androsexual, bicurious, homoflexible, masexual, omnisexual, sapiosexual and two spirit.

A substantial portion of respondents used terms to denote distinctions between their sexual and romantic attraction, especially those who identified as asexual, according to the Trevor Project. For those individuals, they chose another term to recognise their romantic attractions, such as asexual aromantic, asexual panromanic or asexual homoromantic.

The survey was conducted The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ youth organization that focuses on suicide prevention, LGBTQ people aged 13-24 among a sample of 24,836 youths who were recruited via social media to participate.

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  1. It’s the old game : difference between “Sex” and “Gender”. “Sex” shows what they are biologically. “Gender” discribes what they feel to be. Now gender descriptions are more diversified as in earlier times. Hope, that all of the folks with several genders will be happy with their status.

  2. So 100 newly invented terms with one person in each group. That’s fine, really, but what about the big groups that aren’t even mentioned here?

  3. A hundred genders, a thousand genders, it boils down to just 4 choices – dick, pussy, both or neither. It i’s dick, congratulations, you’re gay, If it’s pussy, you’re straight. If it’s both, you’re bisexual. Neither, and you’re whatever.

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