When asked to self identify by gender, the largest slice identified as woman or she (49%), followed by men or he (39%) and other (12%). “Other” included trans, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid, gender non-conforming, and agender people.  

Over three quarters of my audience identify as queer, while 19% had a non-LGBTQ identity. Included in queer were people who identified as gay (11), queer (6), other (6), femme (5), bi (4), trans (3), non-binary (3), genderqueer (2), gender fluid (2), gender non-conforming (2), and agener (2). Non-LGBTQ+ people included straight (3) and cis (8).

When asked if they identify with racial, ethnic, or cultural groups, 43% were White / European, 23% did not identify with a racial or ethnic identity, 12% were Mixed or Jewish, 10% were Latinx, 9% Asian, 5% African American, 5% Middle East, 4%, Immigrant,  1%, Native American, 1% Australian. Respondents could identify with more than one category.

I included some overlapping categories people chose to identify with such as immigrant, Australian, Jewish, and Middle East.  It’s notable that a significant portion of viewers identified with no racial, ethnic, or cultural identity, just as many who didn’t identify with a religion or gender. 

“The piece, which questions on a cosmic level our artificial divide between the animate and the inanimate”

LA Weekly

I was curious what belief systems might be held by the audience of an object  performance infused with animism that flirts with the creation of the multiverse and what happens after we die. I was impressed by the diversity of viewers’ religious, spiritual, and philosophical belief systems.

photo: Kelly Stuart

Half of viewers were unaffiliated, which included Atheists, Agnostics, and “Nones”.  While Americans without a religious affiliation represent one of the fastest growing demographics, my audience was almost double that of a 2017 Public Religious Institute study which estimated “Nones” as 24% of the American population.

Buddhists and Jewish audience members tied for second place at 13.6%, followed by those who identified as Spiritual at 4.8%. In fourth place were Wiccans, (Ex)/Catholics, and Christians at 3.2%.  In fifth place at 2.4% were Taoists, Humanists, Pagans, Unitarians, people who practice meditation, and people who believe in love. Unarians (a UFO-based religion), Quakers, Protestants, and people who identified with New Age tied for 6th place at 1.6%.

A significant chunk, “other”, was a collection of beliefs held by just one audience member (or 0.8% of the whole). “Other” included viewers with the following belief systems: The teachings of Abraham Hicks, Arts Writing, Baptist, Education, Critical Thinking, Crystals, DIY, Ex-Mormonism, The Greater Good, Astrology, Communism, Dandyism, Energy, Esoteric, Nihilism, Feminism, God/(ess), The Teachings of Louise Hay, Life Force, Hinduism, Parking Karma, Kindness, Mindfulness, A Personal System, Satanism, Simultaneity, and Sufism.