Half of young British people don't identify as straight
While most adults still see sexuality as binary, young people are recognizing the fluidity of gender identity and sexuality.
YouGov asked 1632 people in the UK to put themselves on a Kinsey scale with 'exclusively heterosexual' and 'exclusively homosexual' at either ends of the spectrum. Among the total population, 72% of adults defined themselves as exclusively heterosexual, 4% ranked themselves as exclusively homosexual, and 19% placed themselves somewhere in between. But among people ages 18 to 24-yaers-old, only 46% ranked themselves as exclusively heterosexual. And this wasn't because more young people identified as gay. Still only 6% ranked themselves as being exclusively homosexual. The rest placed themselves somewhere in the middle of the spectrum.
YouGov concluded, "Clearly the figures are not measures of active bisexuality, but putting yourself at level 1 [exclusively heterosexual is 0, exclusively homosexual is 6] allows for the possibility of homosexual feelings and experiences. More than anything, it indicates an increasingly open-minded approach to sexuality."
Facts about the kinsey scale:
Alfred Kinsey, an American biologist and sexologist founded the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in 1947.
He first used the Kinsey scale to describe a person's sexual experience or response at a given time in Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (1948) and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female (1953), commonly known as the Kinsey Reports.
The Kinsey Scale falls short of addressing all possible sexual expressions. Other scales have been created since Kinsey's that include factors such as how orientation can change over time, as well as emotional and social orientation. Others also measure for gender, masculinity, femininity, and transsexualism.