[Ed. – Is this increase attributable to a greater number of young people feeling empowered to ‘come out’ or because this was the first time the survey offered ‘sexually fluid’ as a sex choice, which provided a convenient label for teens who were unpopular or inhibited?]
The number of Big Apple high-school students identifying solely as heterosexual has plummeted as more teens describe themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or without a defined sexual orientation, a new survey reveals.
Nearly one in four teens, 23.6 percent, now identify in categories other than straight — the highest level ever recorded, the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey has found.
The biennial school-based surveys are conducted by the city Health Department in concert with the federal Centers for Disease Control.
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Surveyed students were asked, “Which of the following best describes you?”
More than three in four, 76.4 percent, said they were “heterosexual (straight),” 3.1 percent said “gay or lesbian,” 7.6 percent said “bisexual,” 3.8 percent said “not sure” and 9.1 percent said none of the choices accurately describes them.
The 2017 study marked the first time the last option was provided.
But it is clear that more students are identifying as homosexual or sexually fluid.