paulflexes saidDo the other lifters know you're "out?"
You say you just go to the gym to workout and not to socialize. Maybe the other "out" lifters have the same internalized homophobia and that's why you don't notice them...because they don't notice you.
Also, what is the percentage of people who lift on campus? The school I go to has about 25,000 students between grads and undergrads, but I think probably no more than 500 people use the freeweight section of the gym (where the "serious" lifting happens) and that may be a high number. If that's correct then multiply that by the percentage of gay people (and I assume we're talking men here) on campus so 35,000 (.5) male, (.1) gay (.02) lifters = 35gay guys who lift (assuming that the percentage of lifters is even spread out in the gay and straight population). Out of this you will be lucky to find 1 or 2 who are out in their daily lives and of those probably none are throwing their orientation out publicly at the weight room. Try posting an ad someplace maybe (like craigslist).
To answer both questions, we have one of the best athletic and fitness facilities in the region, and out of 35,000 kids, I would estimate roughly 25-40% of the male population on campus lifts, and a significant number of women lift as well. We have multiple weight rooms located throughout the campus, some of them have multiple floors. Quarter to half of the guys in my Mechanical Engineering classes alone are bodybuilders/hardcore lifters.
To answer Paul, for me, the gym is not a place to pick up dates. I have the mindset, like others, we are there to do quality weight training, not to try to show off or flirt. Nevertheless, I am out in fact to nearly all of the guys in the gym
; I do not hide it, and they respect it, they are even a bit curious. So, no, I don't hide it, but all I am saying is it is interesting that all the gay guys I have
met from this campus do not lift, and it really didn't hit me until the other day.