Wednesday, July 16, 2014

STUDY: Less Than 3% of Americans Are Gay

A new study says that less than 3 percent of Americans are gay, lesbian or bisexual. For years we've been fighting debates over what our actual numbers are. The problem with all these studies is that an accurate number will never be known until the stigma of being gay is gone, and even then it might be sketchy, particularly as we move into an era when so many people are choosing not to identify...

Courtesy The Washington Post

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.

The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else.”
The figures offered a slightly smaller assessment of the size of the gay, lesbian and bisexual population than other surveys, which have pegged the overall proportion at closer to 3.5 or 4 percent. In particular, the estimate for bisexuals was lower than in some other surveys.

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