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Study: Many Say Pop Culture Pushes LGBTQ Agenda on the Young

A study reveals nearly 50% believe that pop culture has influenced young people to label themselves as LGBTQ+ without question.

In a culture rapidly shifting towards embracing and often celebrating every stripe of identity under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, a telling poll reveals that nearly half of Americans suspect that this trend isn’t just about acceptance—it’s about influence. According to a survey conducted by the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the LA Times, a significant 48% believe that young Americans are being nudged towards identifying as LGBTQ+ by pop culture currents rather than genuine personal discovery.

Now, let’s be clear: whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender—that’s your personal life. However, the issue arises when societal pressures or popular media not just support but actively push young people to adopt certain identities that might not organically align with their true selves. This is not about genuine discovery or living one’s truth but about conforming to a trendy cultural narrative.

The poll also indicated that while 66% of respondents acknowledge that it’s easier for the youth to openly identify as LGBTQ+ due to societal acceptance, there’s also a rising suspicion about the motivations behind this shift. When discussing the transgender and nonbinary community specifically, over half of the polled individuals (53%) perceive these identities as influenced by societal trends or mere lifestyle choices rather than innate truths.

Moreover, 40% of those surveyed view the heightened political and media focus on transgender and nonbinary issues as detrimental to society. The survey’s findings also suggest a broader skepticism about the motives of our politicians. A whopping 77% believe that elected officials use the debates over transgender and nonbinary issues primarily as a distraction from more urgent national concerns. 

This scenario presents a stark tableau of a nation ensnared by the tendrils of identity politics, where real and profound personal and psychological issues are potentially manipulated for cultural clout and political leverage. We must stand guard to protect our most vulnerable from the pervasive woke ideology. It’s imperative that an individual’s identity is shaped by their own true thoughts and feelings, not hastily stamped with an LGBTQ+ label by those pushing an agenda for their own ends. 

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.