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
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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