When this editor was teaching at a liberal arts college in the early ’90s, the gay and lesbian student group put up signs all over campus claiming that one in ten people was gay. That seemed high at the time, and the study behind it has been discredited. Now the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, a center-right think tank, has published a report saying that almost 40 percent of students at liberal arts colleges claim to be LGBTQ. What’s responsible for the spike? Abigail Shrier wrote a book about the phenomenon among high school students and has since been marked as a “stochastic terrorist” whose work inspired the Buffalo mass shooter, according to Rolling Stone. And a fourth-grade teacher in Austin claimed that 20 of her 32 students had come out to her as LGBTQIA+.

The College Fix reports:

Almost 40 percent of students identify as LGBTQ at liberal arts colleges, according to a report published by the Center for the Study of Partisanship and Ideology, a center-right think tank that researches partisanship in academic and scientific fields.

In the report, Kaufmann linked the trend of higher LGBTQ student populations at liberal arts colleges to their substantial liberal and female demographics, while also stating that these factors alone could not fully explain the cause.

The report notes that a majority of students identify as LGBTQ at three out of the 159 campuses: 51 percent at Oberlin, 61 percent at Wellesley and 70 percent at Smith College, with a 6 percent margin of error. Out of the three liberal arts colleges, the latter two are notably for women only.

So we suppose the explanation is that the percentage of LGBTQ students was always this high, but only now are they in safe spaces where they’re free to come out about their sexuality.

That “Q” for questioning certainly leaves open a lot of terrain.

As we said above, Shrier looked into this and had her book pulled from Target temporarily, and other bookstores won’t carry it. Asking the question of what explains such a spike is considered anti-LGBTQ behavior.


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