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More than half of young people don’t identify as straight

More than half of young people don’t identify as straight
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More than half of young people don’t identify as straight, according to a new survey.

Anti-bullying nonprofit Ditch The Label has found more young people are just foregoing all sexuality labels and dating who they like.

Polling over 1,000 people between the ages of 13 and 26 in the US and UK, it found 57% said they felt like they did not fit into the traditional definition of heterosexuality.

There were 47% who chose not to be labeled at all, saying they feel terms like ‘straight’, ‘lesbian’ and ‘gay’ are too limiting.

Also, 76% said labels on sexuality were ‘no longer important’ and people ‘should be able to date whoever they wanted’.

Other findings also included how 93% felt it was a good thing to explore your sexuality and the majority (58%) wanted to settle down the opposite sex.

Liam Hackett, founder and CEO of Ditch The Label, says the media is largely to thank for being increasingly representative of a wider range of sexualities.

He said: ‘I think giving visibility to people who were once suppressed by society has sent a very positive and clear message: that sexuality is not something that is “dirty” or should be hidden away.’

 

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