The self-described liberal comedian sparked controversy when he closed his show by commenting on the rapid rise in the number of people identifying as transgender, stressing “It’s okay to ask questions about something that’s very new and involves children.”
Critics pointed to similar trends in other areas, such as atheism and being left-handed, which saw increases as social stigma decreased over time. One reply on social media explained, “Its the same as homosexuality. When it’s shunned people suppress their self in order to fit in. When it isn’t people feel free to be themselves.” [sic]
Addressing the nation’s acceptance of LGBT lifestyles, Maher said, “Yes, part of the rise in LGBT numbers is from people feeling free enough to tell it to a pollster and that’s all to the good, but some of it is — it’s trendy,” adding, “…if we [continue to] follow this trajectory, we will all be gay in 2054.”
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