According to a new study conducted at the Arizona Christian University, millennials, people aged 18 to 37, make up around 78 million people. It is considered the most populous generation in American society, and nearly one-third of the U.S. millennials identify as gay or transgender.
Releasing their study, ACU “found that 30% of millennials identify as LGBTQ”. That also included 39% of the people that were between the ages of 18 and 24.
The Washington Examiner even ran a piece on the study, writing, “The generation is redefining sexuality, their own and how to perceive and respond to the gender identity and sexual-orientation choices of others. With that have come new ideas and choices regarding marriage and family. Consequently, a social institution that used to be a safe harbor has now become a battleground.”
If the findings shock you, the study also found that about 48% of millennials prefer socialism over capitalism.
Participants of the study believe the top five issues facing America right now are:
- Management of the COVID-19 pandemic. (24%)
- (tie) Climate change (20%); racial discrimination. (20%)
- Abortion. (16%)
- Economy. (15%)
- Sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination. (10%)
Speaking on the findings, ACU Cultural Research Center Director of Research George Barna encouraged older generations to “recognize Millennials as part of our legacy to the world” and “empower our young adults to champion what matters. I invite you to look upon our youngest adults as a group that we might be able to help navigate through the challenges in which we have immersed them.”
Barna concluded, “Rather than blasting them for a range of perceived inadequacies, perhaps we can support them with perspective, solutions, resources, and encouragement.”
As for what the group thought of religion, the majority of them held favorable views on Jesus, but 75% believed all religions hold equal value.