Gay men in their 20s are far more likely to consider their sexual orientation to be a core part of their identity than gay men in their 40s, according to a study released by Logo TV on Wednesday (23 September).
The Gay Men Redefined survey was given to 1,000 men in the US between the ages of 18 and 49. It found that 55% of men in their 20s view being gay as extremely or very important to their identity. This is 15% higher than gay men in their 40s.
Almost all respondents (95%) seem to agree that younger gay men are embracing their gay identity more so today than in the past.
They also almost all are united (92%) in hoping the community becomes more accepting of each other, that there a a need for more open dialogue among gay men (91%), and 87% wish the gay community was as united during the rest of the year as we are during Pride.
With same-sex marriage now legal in all 50 US states, six in 10 of the respondents who are in their 20s say their families expect them to get married and have children one day. But 67 percent still believe that being gay means you have the freedom to do things differently.
The survey also showed that coming out is no longer the most defining experience for many young days. Of those in their 20s and 30s, 65% said they are focused on life after coming out and are struggling to figure out what kind of gay man they want to be.
Other findings include:
- 61 percent of gay men in their 20s and 30s believe gay community was more united in the past.
- 85 percent agree that even as gay people become more accepted, they should have places that are just for them and many are sad to see gay neighborhoods and bars disappear.
- 67 percent say their life is more interesting because they are gay.
- 75 percent believe that being gay has had a positive effect on their life.
- 86 percent still wish there were more gay role models and mentors they could look up to.