November 15, 2010
Average coming out age falls from 37 to 17
People who are gay, lesbian or bisexual are coming out earlier than ever before, according to gay rights group Stonewall.
A poll of 1,500 out people found that the average of coming out for people over the age of 60 was 37. People in their 30s came out on average at the age of 21, and 18-24 year olds came out on average at the age of 17.
Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s deputy director of public affairs, said that TV role models were making it easier for younger people to come out earlier.
“Older people may not have had the language for it, or necessarily seen other people they knew they were like,” said Hunt.
“What we’re seeing is an explosion of role models and people talking about being gay, so people are more able to associate what they’re feeling with something they can see.”
“Everyone should come out when they feel ready and confident, but this is an encouraging trend and sends a positive message to anyone not yet out: you don’t have to wait. Britain is a fairer country than it once was, and support is available to you.”
Can animals be gay?
Lesbilicious were at the Paws with Pride Pet Show at Newcastle Leazes Park in July 2012. We asked pet owners, can animals be gay? The people we interviewed had some interesting anecdotes about their own pets.
August 1, 2012