We all stand on the shoulders of the giants who fought for the future that is now our present
BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY ANNA SHVETS VIA PEXELS
Last week, Gallup released survey results that showed that the percentage of Americans who identify as LGBTQI is higher than ever before. With 7.1% identifying as LGBTQI, the results are more than double the 3.5% that did in 2012. The results show that one in five Gen Z adults identify as LGBTQI.
“Now a much greater proportion of Gen Z, but still not all of it, has become adults. The sharp increase in LGBT identification among this generation since 2017 indicates that the younger Gen Z members (those who have turned 18 since 2017) are more likely than the older members of the generation to identify as LGBT.”
“Should that trend within Gen Z continue, the proportion of U.S. adults in that generation who say they are LGBT will grow even higher once all members of the generation reach adulthood.”
Over the last five years, I have often heard people refer to Generation Z as “the gayest generation”. Whilst homophobes will often say this is down to queerness becoming a trend, this is clearly not the truth. We all stand on the shoulders of the giants who fought for the future that is now our present. Whilst we still have a long way to go when it comes to LGBTQI rights, it is far safer now in many parts of the world to come out than it was in the times of those who came before us.
Onscreen LGBTQI representation
A GLAAD study has found that queer visibility on screen is at an all time high. Netflix boasted the highest percentage of LGBTQI characters, marking an increase of 45 characters from last year’s survey. Amazon and Hulu wielded 36 LGBTQI characters each, whilst Apple+ TV reported a mere six. Find out more about the study here.
Harlequins Rugby Team closed the London Stock Exchange in celebration of their 3rd Pride Game
Celebrating LGBTQI inclusion in rugby and greater representation, London Stock Exchange Group is motivated by equality and inclusion. Find out more here.
Ready for the UK’s queerest film event?
BFI Flare: London’s LGBTQIA+ Film Festival has launched its 2022 programme. Spoiler alert: It’s looking fabulous! Find out more here.
Clare Summerskill returns for UK tour in May
What are you waiting for? Find out more about how to get tickets here.
Nicola Adams and Ella Baig are expecting a baby
After two unsuccessful rounds of IVF, Olympic boxer Nicola Adams and her girlfriend, Ella Baig, are expecting their first child. Team DIVA are overjoyed! Find out more about their story here.
Podcasts, podcasts, podcasts!
The internet’s favourite #WLW couple, Rose and Rosie, released the first episode of season 4 of Parental Guidance. Find out more about the show here.
In more podcast news, Is this a crossover special? Rose and Nana AKA Two Twos Podcast joined Char Bailey for an episode of podDIVA!
Our March issue is available to pre-order
Welcome in spring by treating yourself to our March issue. Motherhood: Fort Salem’s Taylor Hickson is our gorgeous cover star. You’ll also get to hear from Bridgerton’s Golda Rosheuvel, actor Abigail Thorn AKA PhilosophyTube and the author of Girl Transcending, AJ Clementine. It’s fun, sexy and jam-packed with queer goodness. Don’t miss out!
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