Gallup and Major Media Report LGBT Identity is Growing. Is That Really a Thing?

Feb 27, 2021 by

by Glenn T Stanton, Focus on the Family:

The Gallup polling organization is now reporting its new research indicates that 5.6% of U.S. adults now “identifying as LGBT.” They add, “The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup’s previous update based on 2017 data.” This number was only 3.5% in 2012.

Are more people really “gay” than in years past?

Given the growing political and moral significance of this topic in culture today, it is essential all Americans ask what data like this actually means … and doesn’t mean. There are clearly a number of important questions surrounding this topic if we are really going to understand what it actually means. The first is the meaning of the “thing” itself.

Is Being “LGBT” Actually a Thing?

It is essential to understand that “being LGBT” is not actually the thing most people assume it is. Being LGBT is not a clinical sexual attraction. It is certainly not a medical or scientific term. No one is actually a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person, much less all the other letters. It is merely a socio-political mash-up, a famously broad and imprecise term of political or ideological identity. Period.

This is demonstrated in the very fact that Gallup employed the term “LGBT” in its investigation, rather than any of the ever-evolving longer string of letters like “LGBTQ,” “LGBTQQIAA,” or the clumsy catch all “LGBTQ+”. If “being LGBT” were really a thing, a meaningfully precise measure of what someone actually is, we could reasonably ask what Gallup’s percentage would have been if they offered respondents additional lettered options. Would their number have been larger if they asked how many were either “Q” or “Queer and questioning +” or included any of the other many letters? None of the many news stories on the report bothered to ask this important question.

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Read also: ‘This is social engineering’: Gallup finds huge jump in young Americans identifying as LGBT by Calvin Freiburger, LifeSite

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