New Survey Reveals Age Most Gay People Lose Virginity

· Updated on May 28, 2018

We all remember our first. Hopefully it was special, but no judgment if it wasn’t. Regardless, as queer people, we often experience a second adolescence that delays these rites of passage, sometimes until well into our 20s.

A new survey from Dred reveals the average age at which gay people lose their virginities, and it might be earlier than you’d think. Of 1,000 people polled, of all ages, genders, and sexualities about their sexual histories, the average age at which gay people lose their virginity is 17.9 years old. It’s only slightly later than straight people, with the average age polled at 17.6 years old.

But it found that gay people experience their sexual awakening at an earlier age. Defining the moment as the “sudden realization of sexual feelings and urges,” Dred found that gay people experience this at 13.8 years old. According to the survey, gays went through their sexual awakening younger than any other group. For straight people, it was 15 years old. The oldest age was 18.4 for republicans.

The survey also found a huge discrepancy when it came to the way different generations comprehend sexuality. According to the poll, 46 percent of millennials (born after 1980) believe that sexuality exists on a spectrum. Only 11 percent of Gen Xers (born 1960-1980) and only five percent of Baby Boomers agreed.

The survey also looks at percentages of people who feel their sexual evolutions are complete, how different groups learn about sex, what triggers sexual awakenings, and how many married people wished they’d experimented more before becoming monogamous. It’s a pretty revealing look at the way our culture sees sex.

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