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I think it’s taking its toll. My daughter is 13 and it seems like everyone in her friend group identifies as gay or bi. I’ve heard other parents describe the same about their kids, especially their daughters. It’s “cool” to be LGBT nowadays, but it’s almost like it isn’t cool enough to simply be gay or bi now that homosexuality is more accepted in our society - now they have to push the envelope and identify as “queer” or enby or trans. If kids nowadays are truly gay or bi, that’s perfectly fine, but I feel like teenagers especially are simply “trying on” the LGBT alphabet and using it as some sort of weird status symbol. I realize that it’s partially just a normal part of exploring identity during adolescence, but I also feel like it kind of negates the experiences of so many people I knew growing up (even just 10 or 15 years ago) who really struggled with their sexuality and coming out.

It’s “cool” to be LGBT nowadays, but it’s almost like it isn’t cool enough to simply be gay or bi now that homosexuality is more accepted in our society - now they have to push the envelope and identify as “queer” or enby or trans.

This is especially true for kids who belong to more "liberal" friend groups. Being an "oppressed" queer/trans person gives you more social clout than being a boring cis/het White kid.