How Many Gay People are There In The United States? Is Gay In?
How many gay people are there in the USA?
The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, a sexual orientation law and public policy think tank, estimates that there are 8.8 million gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons in the U.S based on the 2005/2006 American Community Survey, an extension of the U.S. Census (Gary J. Gates, 2006, “Same-Sex Couples and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Population: New Estimates from the American Community Survey”).
The number of LGB persons in the U.S. is subjective. Studies pointing to the statistics are estimates at best. The most widely accepted statistic is that 1 in ever 10 individuals is LGB; however research shows that the number may be more like 1 in 20.
Of course, this all depends on one’s definition of gay? (which may vary by study) and the participant’s willingness to identify as GAY, BI, LESBIAN. So, why can’t the actual number of GLB people be counted? There are many thinks to consider when trying to count the number of GLBT persons. The biggest is most are still married with a wife and kids living a life of troubled times. “Walking on eggshells,” is what one married man said in our support group.
What do the experts say?
When asked about GLB population statistics, Gary J. Gates, a Senior Research Fellow at The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, says:
“That’s the single question that I’m asked the most. The answer is unfortunately not simple. I’ll respond with a question. What do you mean when you use the word ‘gay’? If you mean people who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual in a survey, then the answer is that it’s likely not one in ten, but closer to one in twenty. A recent government survey found that 4 percent of adults aged 18-45 identified as ‘homosexual’ or ‘bisexual.’ A similar proportion of voters identify as GLB. If you define gay as having same-sex attractions or behaviors, you do get higher proportions that are a bit closer to the one in ten figure.”
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