LGBTQ Research: 18.8% of teens identified themselves as pansexual
LGBTQIA teens are more likely to come out to their online friends.
We, weBelong, LGBTQIA social media have now conducted an LGBTQIA online research for Quora and Facebook users, as the issues to LGBTQIA teens or young adults are still not being discussed. As a result, we received 251 responses from young generations in the US.
LGBTQIA teens Generation in the US
Here's what the younger generation of LGBTQIA people identified their gender identity. While 42% of LGBTQIA young people identify themselves as male or female in the traditional sense, many identify themselves as GenderFluid, which is one aspect of the non-binary spectrum.
Next, we asked about their sexual orientation to them. 32.8% of their sexual orientation is bisexual , and the next most answer was pansexual, which is surprising, in 2012, HRC conducted a survey and found that only 7% of the respondents were pansexual. This survey found that 18.8% of the teens identified themselves as pansexual.
Coming Out for teens
Next, we asked them how many people they have come out to. How many people have you come out to? 41% have come out to 10 or more people, while 39% have never come out or have only come out to 5 people or less.
To whom have you come out? When we asked the question, "Who did you come out to?, the most answer was LGBTQ friends, online friends, classmates, and parents.
When we asked people who have only come out to 5 or less people, and those who have only come out to 3 or less people, we found that the easiest way to come out is through online friends. On our site, weBelong, the question of whether or not to come out is one of the most common topics of conversation for many users. There are many users who say they have only talked to their friends on weBelong.
LGBTQ teens need a place where they can be themselves.
Teens need someone to accept being themselves
This is probably due to the fact that there is no environment at home or at school where one can feel accepted. In fact, about 70% of those who responded to the survey said that they were not accepted by others. When asked what actually happened to them, most of them said they heard negative comments being made about LGBTQ people in general. Nearly three-fourths of those who responded to the survey heard negative comments both at school and from family members, with 77% receiving them from family members and 68.9% receiving them at school.
Where is the place for teens to be?
Of course, when it comes to that, online is a great place to turn for help. When asked what social media they use other than Facebook and Quora, and if they have ever been cyberbullied on that media, nearly one in three people on most social media have been cyberbullied.
What is weBelong?
weBelong is a social media for young LGBTQ people in the US. Although it is still new, created in 2021, weBelong is a social media dedicated to LGBTQ people with over 30,000 users. It is designed to be yourself, so you can't see how many friends you have or how many reactions your friends are getting so that you don't compare yourself to others. This is new less toxic social app for young generations, and the average time spent on the site is 63 minutes, which is very high engagement.
weBelong aims to embrace the difference
weBelong started when the CEO, Kishi, had a developmental disability called ADHD that was not accepted by the people around him from a young age. Modern social media is for the majority, not a place that will accept Difference and Trouble Makers. Also, in many cases user data is exchanged between companies, and many people are brainwashed by ads and algorithms. Under these circumstances, the service started as a social media for people with differences, with a focus on LGBTQ among them.