Only 1% of UK's population admit they are Gay

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    Sep 23, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    This was the article which appeared in today's Daily Mail. It was the result of a poll conducted by the Office of National Statistics.
    More than 480,000 admitted their homosexuality, with twice as many men saying they were gay than women. Around a further 245,000 said that they were bisexual. This totaled 1.5%, with 1% admitting fully homosexual and 0.5% bisexual.
    A further 4% refused to answer, said they did not know, or other.
    This leaves 94.5% answering that they were heterosexual.
    This is quite a contrast to the previous estimate of 7% of the British population being homosexual and bisexual.
    The greatest number polled and made the admission were in the London area, the least in Northern Ireland.
    I believe that between 4% and 6% of the population is gay. If this is correct, then a large majority of gays in the UK are reluctant to admit their orientation in the face of our "macho" culture.
    This comes after some RealJock members declaring without reservation that gays who stay in the closet are liars and cowards.
    Perhaps American culture is not so macho. Coming out must be more acceptable among New Yorkers and Californian society than bulldog Britain.
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    Sep 23, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    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 participants willingness to identify as gay, bi, lesbian or transgender

    (...)

    There are a number of factors that contribute to cloudy GLB population statistics:

    * First, how does one define gay, lesbian or bisexual? Different studies define GLB people in different ways and researchers have yet to agree on a common definition. Is being gay a behavior? Does an attraction make one gay? Or, is being gay an identity?

    * Secondly, only those willing to identify can be counted. Not all GLB people identify as such and not all GLB persons are willing to admit their sexual identity, attraction or behavior on paper. Information gathered on surveys is only as accurate as the information given and the way the survey is conducted (see first bullet).

    * Third, since same-sex couples are not recognized under DOMA, government agencies such as the Census Bureau can not explicitly ask citizens if they reside in same-sex headed households. As a result, census data will only count same-sex couples as "unmarried partners."

    (From About.com)

    ...

    Am I the only one who thinks that with the "new generation" and the (slow but real) phenomenon of normalization of homosexuality, this proportion of 1/10 is gonna grow big time ?
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    Sep 23, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    It is the policy of the Daily Mail to publish only research that would not survive ten minutes in peer review.
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    Sep 23, 2010 11:40 PM GMT

    "If this is correct, then a large majority of gays in the UK are reluctant to admit their orientation in the face of our "macho" culture."

    ...and religious discrimination by friends and families, acquaintances of said friends and family etc.