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How many people are really gay?

By April 17, 2011

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9 million (about 3.8%) of Americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender according to a study released by the Williams Institute at UCLA's School of Law.

The study gathered data from nine surveys conducted over the last seven years. Interesting, the study found that bisexuals make up 1.8% of the population, while 1.7% are gay or lesbian. Transgender adults make up 0.3% of the population.

Beyond those identifying as LGBT, 8.2% of Americans report participating in same-sex sexual activity and an estimated 11% of adults held some same-sex sexual attraction. Neither of these officially identified as LGBT.

Despite the confusing statistics, the study's researchers did note that there are insufficient and inconsistent methods for actually determining the true numbers of LGBT people.
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April 18, 2011 at 12:15 am
(1) oldfoxbob says:

I am sure that the numbers would increase if those who are in the closet were to come out and play. Having been a victim of discrimination in the past I can understand how many would not want to let it be known by a survey taker or any one for that matter if they are Gay, or have even has some same sex sexual attraction in their lives.

July 5, 2013 at 2:27 am
(2) _____ says:

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I
would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
I’m looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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