This Is How Many Americans Have Had a Same-Sex Experience

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Do you remember when Lena Dunham's Girls character had an on-screen tryst with her female yoga instructor? Or, when Game of Thrones' Loras and Renly got intimate? If those same-sex screen moments barely register in your memory, you're not alone. A new study published in The Archives of Sexual Behavior found that Americans are more accepting of same-sex relationships than ever before—and open to talking about their own experiences.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University, San Diego State University, and Widener University examined data from 33,728 Americans from 1973 to 2014. According to Refinery29, participants were quizzed about their own sexual experiences, as well as their attitude toward relationships. 

Their findings reveal a massive cultural shift: The percentage of Americans who've slept with someone of the same sex has almost doubled in the last 24 years. Roughly 8% of men and women have had an experience.

The researchers also discovered that our attitudes have changed. The portion of Americans who are accepting of same-sex relationships jumped from 11% in 1973 to 49% in 2014. Millennials are among the most accepting, with 63% saying they feel same-sex relations are "not wrong at all." While the results highlight there's still a long way to go, the serious jump in data suggests Americans are becoming more tolerant and open to new definitions of love and relationships—and that's certainly something to be celebrated. 

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