There have been a lot of strides made towards increasing awareness for and acceptance of LGBTQ+ identities over the past few decades. This increase in visibility has also come in tandem with an increase in people who publicly identify as LGBTQ+. Between 2012 and 2023, the number of Americans identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender has doubled. There are more out trans people, especially young people, now than ever before. These statistics have led manypeople to believe that these identities are part of a new societal ‘craze’, or that there are ‘too many’ LGBTQ+ people. K.J. Rawson, Northeastern University Professor of English and WGSS, gives his insight into the ‘too many’ ideology in this article from the New York Times, which discusses the increase in numbers of out LGBTQ+ people, public (over)reactions, and why this is, actually, a normal phenomenon.
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