What percentage of gay men are single? It would be interesting to

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    Jun 25, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    What percentage of gay men are single? It would be interesting to
    know but I can't find this stat anywhere. In my research I was amazed that the percentage of homosexuals in the total population is not well understood and maybe is even suppressed.
  • great_scott

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    Jun 25, 2012 3:38 PM GMT
    Interesting or depressing? lol

    Don't know why there doesn't seem to be much info on gay guys outside of STD stats. I tried to search this same thing, also the average lifespan too, couldn't find anything.
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    Jun 26, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    It may be a number that no one wants to know. If you can believe the census the gay population seems so low that it would be hard to justify any gay legislation. We are not talking 15% as we were with civil rights for African Americas. Less than 2% gay and what percentage is single?
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    Jun 26, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    I wonder if one can use the RJ filters to come up with a number. The sample might be biased in favour of attached given that the avg guy on RJ is prob hotter than the general gay population though.
  • waccamatt

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    Jun 26, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    1) The census only tracks couples who live together and are out of the closet enough to answer the questions honestly.

    2) A lot of people are single or dating and not living with their partner.
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    Jun 26, 2012 3:55 AM GMT
    Holy S*!
    There are 65,742 single guys and 18,101 attached guys here, so 78% of the guys on RJ are single. Well, I guess it markets itself as a fitness/dating site so prob not the best sample.

    Kind of depressing, though. I'm sure a lot of guys are thinking "Sixty-five thousand single guys and I can't get a date?!".
  • ohioguy12

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    Jun 26, 2012 4:02 AM GMT
    I would say maybe 5% are gay and out, but it is 25-33% if you count those who are closeted.
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:04 AM GMT
    Cranky's right. Back in HS I was selected to participate in a district-wide sex Ed survey and even though we were assured absolute anonymity I was so freaked out by the "state your sexual preference" question I lied PDQ. Irrational fear of somehow being outed was not taking any chances. But I bet I wasn't alone there.

    Mind you, that was 30-something years ago and gay bashing was pretty common and certainly tolerated by most of the people I knew. Things might be different now in big urban areas I guess.
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:06 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidHoly S*!
    There are 65,742 single guys and 18,101 attached guys here, so 78% of the guys on RJ are single. Well, I guess it markets itself as a fitness/dating site so prob not the best sample.

    Kind of depressing, though. I'm sure a lot of guys are thinking "Sixty-five thousand single guys and I can't get a date?!".


    That's what I'm thinking but I don't think any of them live near me icon_sad.gif Good post OP.
  • musclmed

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    Jun 26, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    i can attest to the fact most did not fill out the census in West holllywood.

    No one is home and are too busy to bother with it.

    The census guy was frustrated.

    Also gay guys move around alot . So hard to count.
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:15 AM GMT
    waccamatt said1) The census only tracks couples who live together and are out of the closet enough to answer the questions honestly.

    2) A lot of people are single or dating and not living with their partner.


    It's amazing that no one knows but it is complicated. I would not call anyone no living with each other a couple.
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    YVRguy saidHoly S*!
    There are 65,742 single guys and 18,101 attached guys here, so 78% of the guys on RJ are single. Well, I guess it markets itself as a fitness/dating site so prob not the best sample.

    Kind of depressing, though. I'm sure a lot of guys are thinking "Sixty-five thousand single guys and I can't get a date?!".



    Your numbers are off, if you do a full search without checking off any criteria, there are 307,693 profiles here. But it doesn't matter, you can really get an accurate idea from the membership on this site or any site. And even when doing a study, trying to get accurate information is difficult. You are relying completely on self reporting of who identifies as gay and then self reporting of their relationship status of a group of people often suspicious of government and poll takers.

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    Jun 26, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    I've done a lot of estimates on the non-hetero population and have concluded that it is closer to 15-20%. This would include closets cases and the so-called curious. The openly gay are probably less than 5%. The couples are about 1 to 2% or less than half though I think it is far higher among lesbians than gays.
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:24 AM GMT
    ^^ fair enough. A lot of RJ guys might simply not provide a response to the status question. However, I'm guessing that the numbers are still fairly accurate because it doesn't seem logical that either single or attached guys are particularly motivated to skip the question (relative to the other group).

    (Frankly I'm kind of skeptical that there are 307K RJ members, though).
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    YVRguy said ^^ fair enough. A lot of RJ guys might simply not provide a response to the status question. However, I'm guessing that the numbers are still fairly accurate because it doesn't seem logical that either single or attached guys are particularly motivated to skip the question (relative to the other group).

    (Frankly I'm kind of skeptical that there are 307K RJ members, though).



    There is no there are that many RJers, it's the number of all profiles including the people the made more than one profile, people that were here one day or a week or a month and never came back. Most of those people never filled out information, but wherever you found your 65K number is filled with those same type of profiles.
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    Jun 26, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    just for the record i am haha icon_sad.gif not by choice either
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    Jun 26, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    Fact saidjust for the record i am haha icon_sad.gif not by choice either


    A Homo, single or both?
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    Jun 26, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    Probably 10% of gay men and 75% of lesbians are taken.
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    Jun 26, 2012 6:29 AM GMT
    Most gays my age seem to be single. I don't know about accuracy though.
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    Jun 26, 2012 6:42 AM GMT
    My guess would be single gay men about 70-80% ? Attached guys from 15-22 %! Gay divorce/break up rates a lot 55-60 % like straight people? icon_eek.gif