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Study: 1 in 3 LGBTQ Adults Believe a Formal Coming-Out Is Unnecessary


Tinder released a survey of its users that shows the impact of growing acceptance.

Around one in three LGBTQ adults say they did not need to formally come out to due to the rise of a more accepting society, according to new statistics released by Tinder.

The survey also discovered generational differences in attitudes toward labels: Only 39 percent of Generation Z said a person's sexual orientation was important in finding a potential mate, versus 58 percent of Generation X.

The dating app conducted a survey of 1,000 of its LGBTQ users in the U.S. (ages 18 to 45) from March 19 to April 18 about their attitudes toward modern dating. The results cast a rosy light on the impact of digital connections.

For example, most LGBTQ people in the U.S. -- 79 percent, in fact -- believe that dating apps have helped lead to a decline in stigma.

A more tolerant society has led to more ease in LGBTQ adults expressing public displays of affection on dates: 72 percent are comfortable with hugging, 64 percent are comfortable with holding hands, and 54 percent are comfortable with kissing, according to those polled.

Additionally, a majority of Tinder's LGBTQ users (80 percent) believe that apps and online dating have even had a positive impact on the LGBTQ community. And activism has even become an important part of modern dating. Around half of those surveyed placed a high priority on community involvement, with 26 percent wanting their romantic partners to have active ties to LGBTQ organizations.

What is the most important issue facing the LGBTQ community? Queer Tinder users pointed to bullying (62 percent), suicide rates among youth (58 percent), and transgender rights (50 percent).

Another surprising statistic? Despite the enactment of marriage equality, 27 percent of LGBTQ Tinder users indicated that there is less pressure to be in a relationship now than there was five years ago.

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