June 27, 2019 - Thursday
Generation Z: The Path of LGBT Resistance
For everyone who's tired of scrolling through rainbow pride this month, here's some good news. This constant saturation of LGBT messaging may finally be having an effect -- and not the one liberals were counting on. Turns out, the Left's in-your-face approach to sexuality is backfiring, and in the least likely generation of all.
Think the opposition to the LGBT agenda is only in the aging populations? Think again. The latest wave of resistance is in the last place most people would look: the 18-34 demographic. The children of Obergefell aren't exactly racing to get on the radical bandwagon that's redefined marriage. In the latest Harris Poll for Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the acceptance of this extreme agenda is dwindling -- and young people are leading the revolt. In just a couple of years, statisticians have seen a huge decline in support for an agenda most liberals took for granted.
In every scenario, Generation Z says it's more uncomfortable than ever in these situations:
- Learning their child has a lesson on LGBTQ history in school (up to 39 percent from 27 in 2016);
- Finding out that they have an LGBTQ teacher (up to 33 percent from 25 percent in 2016);
- Learning a family member is LGBTQ (up to 36 percent from 24 percent in 2016);
- Finding out that their doctor was LGBTQ (up to 34 percent from 24 percent in 2016)
To people like John Gerzema, CEO of the Harris Poll, the results came as an incredible surprise. "We count on the narrative that young people are more progressive and tolerant." But maybe, after years of watching this vocal minority push around Christians and refuse to tolerate other viewpoints, this group of young people has finally had enough. After all, they're the generation who's been forced to use gender-neutral pronouns, share locker rooms with the opposite sex, lose sports meets to biological boys, and embrace every other form of political correctness.
Should their frustration really be that shocking, Brandon Morse wonders over at RedState? They're constantly force-fed LGBT activism, "told they're bigots and homophobes if they don't, and are often de-platformed for bringing up even reasonable and nuanced arguments against LGBT agendas." The rainbow armies have invaded their schools, their sports, their homes, their social media pages, their bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers -- and they're tired of it. The radical Left has pushed too hard -- and Generation Z is pushing back.
That's not because they're unaccepting or intolerant, Morse insists. There's just a new resistance brewing. "It's not anti-LGBT sentiment that's causing the problem, it's pro-LGBT activism." We should all be grateful, he argues. Because in a culture where the scale "is currently tipped toward a hard-Left social justice lunacy that is tearing society apart.... Gen Z is, perhaps unintentionally, applying the correct amount of pressure to tip the scale back."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.