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Americans Greatly Overestimate Percent Gay, Lesbian in U.S.: Are Americans woefully misinformed regarding the number of gay people in the country?

Americans Greatly Overestimate Percent Gay, Lesbian in U.S.: Are Americans woefully misinformed regarding the number of gay people in the country?
  • Overestimated and Overrepresented

    There is conventional wisdom going around that 11% or approximately one in ten people are born gay. In fact the number has been shown time and time again to be about 3%. Also there is no definitive proof that sexuality is assigned at birth. Moreover there is a tendency for many in the media and publication to over-represent token gay characters as a way of maintaining political correctness. The vast majority of homosexual individuals do not want anything other than to live life on their terms, but there are many in our culture who profit from a gay agenda of sorts.

  • Media representation is actually just statistical fantasy.

    People all across America are convinced that a massive percentage of the country's population is gay. THIS IS A LIE. This is a lie propagated by mainstream television that insists on featuring a disproportionate amount of LGBT characters in their show, regardless of what the actual statistics say. This is a lie cultivated by the Democrat party, a very vocal group of people that insist on spotlighting equal amounts of gays and straights, though statistically this is preposterous. This is a lie brought around by judgmental people, quick to assume a person is gay based on nothing other than their appearance. This is a lie brought on by the leftist media and their political agenda; reporting on disproportionate amounts of issues regarding the LGBT. Above all, this is a lie that the American people have allowed to permeate their society, because they can't think for themselves.

  • Media presence, government intervention, and forcing religion into the closet.

    While prayer in school, religious debates at work, and Bible based pleasantry in public were far more prevalent 50 years ago, these things are now considered archaic. So now you have a larger population that are "out of the closet" as religion is placed back on the closet. While I believe the numbers of members of the lbgt community at large remain unchanged through out history, I do believe that the polarized debates in regards to homosexuality have desensitized a formerly Christian nation to the subject.

    Everyone knows someone who is a member of the lbgt community. And most have a family member who is (nuclear, and extended). It makes it very easy to see why the majority would sympathize on any related issues. This is what the media has realized and taken advantage of. And being in the middle of this closet transformation most people in America who aren't gay feel conflicted about the matter which draws them right to any story that involves the lgbt community. This does not increase the number in that community it just makes it a hot topic but it does go a long way in creating an illusion that there are members of that community all over that are getting their rights trampled on. When in all reality it was so few it might be considered hardly news worthy to a good chunk of the populous.

  • Yes they do!

    One big factor is the increased visibility of gays in the media and public. From in the closet to being out and proud and receiving outsized attention due to gay political issues it gives people the impression there are far more of them than there are actually are. I guess the reverse might have been true in the past.

  • Trouble with polls and statistics....

    Informed or not, we start to believe things that are implied/inferred by poll results. For example, if we read a poll that said, "65% of Americans believe donuts are an acceptable form of breakfast," it DOES NOT MEAN that 65% of Americans eat donuts for breakfast (though we probably wish we did or could).

    The actual numbers of people who practice homosexuality (and felt comfortable sharing that they do) could be far less than the amount of pollers who report that they 'approve' of the Gay/Lesbian lifestyle. The percentage is likely higher than reported, since many people aren't comfortable sharing what is very personal information.

    Search demographics of sexual orientation for some rough ideas.

    Now, whether there are more or less than the quoted figures doesn't change the fact that all of us are human and worthy of respect: percentages shouldn't enter into our calculation whether or not we respect other people groups.

  • Yes, it seems so.

    Most Americans greatly overestimate the number of gay people living in the country. This is also true when it comes to the number of transgendered people as well. There are a number of reasons why the LGBTQ community feels so much larger then it really is. However, all Americans deserve to be treated equally, regardless the size of their demographic group.

  • It is impossible to accurtely quantify the number of gay and lesbian Americans in society.

    First, there are significant numbers of gay and lesbian people who either do not or will not identify as such because they are ashamed or are unaware of their own sexuality. It is estimated that as many as one in four people infected with HIV are unaware of their condition, so it would not be surprising to find at least 20mperent of the gay population not identifying as gay.
    Secondly, The definition of gay is not firmly established. Does a person who has one or two homosexual experiences qualify as gay or does it have to be a conscious, lifelong choice? There are no answers to those questions and perhaps there should not be. Is it necessary to identify who is gay and who is not? What purpose does it serve? What about formerly active gays and lesbians who are no longer sexually active? These questions should highlight the impossibility and impracticality of trying to accurately determine the number of gays and lesbians in America today.

  • Yes, most Americans are.

    Most Americans greatly overestimate the number of gay people living in the country. This is also true when it comes to the number of transgendered people as well. There are a number of reasons why the LGBTQ community feels so much larger then it really is. However, all Americans deserve to be treated equally, regardless the size of their demographic group.

  • People who don't want to be gays shouldn't be considered in statistics!!

    Of course there are people who are still in the closet but I assume they don't come out in the statistics because they are dealing with their condition trying to find a way to be straight. And they got my respect since homosexuality is unnatural and appalling. After all, they have the right to decide what is good for them.

  • No, there is still plenty of closet space in small town America.

    Of course you do hear a lot of 'regular folk' lamenting that Hollywood and the 'coastal elites' in the media are trying to push the 'homosexual agenda' down everyone's throats. Sure, there might be some truth to that too. Still, whereas it might be perfectly fine to be a member of the large and thriving LGBTQ communities in cities like San Francisco or New York, the truth of the matter is that coming out still carries a lot of risk with it in middle America. I believe then that any official 'stats' regarding the number of Americans who are gay is not entirely accurate.


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