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LGBT people over 65 are very sexually fluid

LGBT people over 65 are very sexually fluid

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Research suggests that women over 65 are more sexually fluid

A study co-authored by academics at Lancaster University in
UK

and the University of Alberta
Canada

, followed nearly 23,000 people twice over a six-year period to understand how fluid the identity of British citizens is. The research is part of the UK Household Longitudinal Study.

Researchers found that 6.6% of people, one in 15, changed their gender identity during the study. The study was published in early June in the research journal Demography.


16-24-year-olds (7.9%) and 65-year-olds and older (7.4%) are groups with the highest mobility in terms of sexual identity, while the intermediate group between these ranges – 25 to 64 years – differs between 5. % and 6.2%.

Researcher Nicole Denyer of the University of Alberta thinks the results challenge the idea that sexual fluidity is more common in young adults.

He told The Guardian that assumptions that fluidity is only high at younger ages have led to “a lot of research focusing on adolescence as a critical stage of gender identity development”.

“Our findings suggest that changes in gender identity represent an equally valuable research topic among older adults and, indeed, across the lifespan,” he added.

Nonwhites with less access to education are more fluid

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LGBT+ persons are subject to external verification,

Self-identified sexuality is the most dynamic form of sexual identity
bisexual

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In contrast, gender identity mobility is minimal, with only 3.3% changing their identity – 0.2% becoming gay/
Lesbian

0.8% for bisexual, 0.6% for other identities and 1.7% for “I don’t want to say”.

The survey also found that people of color and those with less education were more likely to report a change in their gender identity.

The rate for people of color was significant at 15.5% of racial minority individuals experiencing some form of sexual identity movement, three times the rate for whites (5%).

However, men reported 10% less change than women. Although the data are comprehensive, they do not explain why certain demographic groups experience greater sexual mobility than others.

Regarding the fact that men are less likely to be sexually fluid, Denier says, “Existing theories set rigid norms ‘
masculinity

‘ This means that expressions of men’s sexual identity may be less flexible and fluid.

Based on racial and ethnic minorities and the less educated, these groups “may be more susceptible to many forms of social pressure and minority stressors, which can affect their identity and identity statements,” Denier said.

btisam Ahmed, head of policy and research at the LGBT Foundation, praised the research in an interview with The Guardian.

“We hope this research can challenge various social assumptions – [e aumentar a conscientização] People can guess more than once, this is common and should be respected as part of one’s journey,” said the activist.

“This research also challenges one of the prevailing assumptions in mainstream media/society that LGBTQ+ people tend to be young or that this is seen as a ‘trend’ among young people,” he continued. “This research clearly highlights that take [a sexualidade queer]It can happen at any stage of life.

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