- ‘Am I gay’ and ‘Am I lesbian’ have increased in searches by 1,300% since 2004
- Three of these phrases have been searched the most in Utah for five months
- ‘How to come out’ has the highest search volume in Oklahoma
Several LGBTQ phrases have been massively increasing since since 2004 across the US, and the states with the highest search volume is shocking.
A recent analysis conducted by Cultural Currents indicates that phrases such as ‘Am I gay’ and ‘Am I lesbian’ have risen in search volume by 1,300% – it’s highest being in Utah.
The study concluded that the searches: ‘Am I gay,’ ‘Am I lesbian’ and ‘Am I trans’ have been searched the highest in Utah since May.
Nonbinary is vastly low in search volume, but has been high in Vermont since last May. It is unclear whether this search query is due to Vermonters’ curiosity about their own status or their desire to learn more about what the term means.
Studies have shown that LGBTQ phrases continue to be on the rise with phrases such as ‘Am I gay’ and ‘Am I lesbian’ rising in search volume by 1,300%
Utah, known for its beliefs in conservative values, is the state in which the phrases ‘Am I gay,’ ‘Am I lesbian’ and ‘Am I trans’ have been searched the highest
Oklahoma currently leads the search volume with the phrase, ‘How to come out,’ with 100 searches
Utah is currently ranked number six on Cultural Currents list of the most culturally conservative states in America.
It also the third state that best exemplifies a traditional family – a mom, dad, and one or more biological or adopted children.
Reports think it has to do with their ‘conservative social values,’ and how the questions might be driven by ‘the conflict between personal feelings and societal expectations.’
What might also play a role in this is the Pornhub ban implemented in Utah last May that requires the website to verify ages of its visitors.
West Virginia is currently ranked second in the most search volume for the phrase, ‘How to come out’
Mississippi has been ranked third in the most search volume for the phrase, ‘How to come out’
Pride Month is celebrated every June throughout the US. Oklahoma held Tulsa Pride and Oklahoma City Pride to celebrate this year
Although Oklahoma was ranked the number one in the search volume for the phrase: ‘How to come out,’ it actually tied with West Virginia, both reaching maximum searches of 100.
Mississippi was an extremely close third with 96 searches of the phrase, while Louisiana and Kentucky ranked fourth and fifth with 92 searches each.
‘How to come out’ is said by Cultural Currents to be the ‘most poignant’ term, and that it could mean ‘a more challenging environment for self-disclosure of identity.’
Like Utah, all four states mentioned above lean more toward the conservative side, and are mainly republican states.
The phrase: ‘Am I nonbinary?’ did not receive enough data to provide results, but term nonbinary did.
Vermont is the top state with 100 searches, while Oregon and Maine place second and third at 88 and 85 respectively.
The only republican state ranked in the top five of the nonbinary search volume is Montana at 77.