More Americans Are Having Gay Sex


Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” And for gay people living in a society where their sexuality isn’t always accepted, being true to themselves can be a struggle, which is why its commendable when they live their truths. Luckily, one new study says that more Americans than before are supporting the LGBT community. There were still some lame ass haters in the surveyed bunch, but in general, it seems like things are slowly getting better with time.

The 2016 massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub was a sad reminder to Americans that we have a ways to go to fight homophobia. The already horrendous hate crime got even more depressing when details of the shooter’s secret gay life started to surface—The shooter Omar Mateen, a married man with a kid, apparently had been to the nightclub numerous times and he had a profile on a gay dating app. Here was a guy who hated himself so much that he went out and shot up his own people instead of coming out of the closet. He was a man who couldn’t accept himself, even though the amount of men who had reported having same-sex sex has doubled from what was reported in the 1990s.

In a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, researchers found the amount of same-sex encounters and acceptance of gays has risen over the past 25 years. After polling 30,000 adults about their sexual behaviors (not orientation), researchers found that same-sex encounters with men has almost doubled, from 4.5 percent to 8.2 percent. Lesbian sex almost tripled, from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent. And these findings are all just based on what people reported. It could actually be more in real life.

Professors Jean Twenge, Ryne Sherman, and Brooke Wells added that acceptance of homosexuality has increased from 49 percent to 63 percent from 1990 to 2014. Twenge said that in the past 25 years there has been a huge “cultural change” and that “without the strict social rules common in the past, Americans now feel more free to have sexual experiences they desire.” Overall, it seemed like the researchers were optimistic with the growing numbers, despite continued hate crimes, dumb bathroom laws, the GOP, the Westboro Church, and Donald Trump supporters. Those anti-gay idiots may have their hearts filled with intolerance and hate, but new generations are proving that we are slowly moving towards an open sexual society. That period of time may take decades, but there is something special about knowing that people are moving forward and not backwards when it comes to acceptance and love.

"[The study] suggests that our sexuality has become much more free and open, that Americans feel much more freedom to express themselves sexually in a way that they see fit," Twenge said. "That's why it comes down to this individualistic viewpoint: do what's right for you."