What percentage of adult men are gay or bi, honestly?

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    Jul 16, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
    And also, what are your theories to it's cause? Genetic? Environmental? Will it increase in prevalence at time goes on and increasing social acceptance?

    are gay's 10% of the adult population? or 5%? or 100%? icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 16, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    IrishDarren saidAnd also, what are your theories to it's cause? Genetic? Environmental? Will it increase in prevalence at time goes on and increasing social acceptance?

    are gay's 10% of the adult population? or 5%? or 100%? icon_confused.gif
    Recent surveys say 4% openly admit to being LGBT. I think it's at least 10%, if not higher because I think bisexuals are grossly underestimated, and a lot of people still won't admit being gay.

    As for cause, genetic and hormonal. I don't think it will increase in prevalence, I just think more people will be open about it so perception will be that it's increasing. Statistically, I think it's relatively stable.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 16, 2013 9:27 PM GMT
    No one knows for sure, which makes me wonder if we can really be sure of anything.
  • Suetonius

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    Jul 16, 2013 9:27 PM GMT
    100% of the men I have slept with are gay.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 16, 2013 9:30 PM GMT
    Suetonius said100% of the men I have slept with are gay.

    How many have you slept with?
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    Jul 16, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Suetonius said100% of the men I have slept with are gay.

    How many have you slept with?


    Less than I have I'm sure icon_wink.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 16, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    I think it is about .05% of the population for gay
    and about 80% of the population for bi
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    Jul 16, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
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    http://www.gallup.com/poll/158066/special-report-adults-identify-lgbt.aspx
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    Jul 16, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    IrishDarren said
    HottJoe said
    Suetonius said100% of the men I have slept with are gay.

    How many have you slept with?


    Less than I have I'm sure icon_wink.gif

    Inorite! I just thought such a bold statement needed clarification.icon_wink.gif
  • Suetonius

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    Jul 16, 2013 10:04 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Suetonius said100% of the men I have slept with are gay.

    How many have you slept with?
    I didn't count them - but more than 50.
  • deep388

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    Jul 16, 2013 10:30 PM GMT
    I'd say it's somewhere between 5-10% of the adult male population. There's a lot more straight males out there who are at least bi curious but we don't live in the Greek and Roman era anymore so it's still a taboo.
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    Jul 17, 2013 12:51 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidNo one knows for sure, which makes me wonder if we can really be sure of anything.


    If I cut off a toe, I will be missing a toe. Of that, you can be sure!
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    Jul 17, 2013 12:55 AM GMT
    deep388 saidI'd say it's somewhere between 5-10% of the adult male population. There's a lot more straight males out there who are at least bi curious but we don't live in the Greek and Roman era anymore so it's still a taboo.



    Problem with bi curious, you try it once, and you are either bi or not; thus not bi curious anymore. But then would only a bi guy be curious, and not a straight one, because as a Bona Fide Homosexual, I have never ever once wanted to try it with a vagina; thus never been curious.

  • Jul 17, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    Not many. I'd say 2-4% of men and maybe 2-4% of women. I think the problem is that we overestimate how many guys are gay based on what we wish were true, but (thanks to the internet) it's all fantasy. We are presented with images of the men who we wish to God were gay but aren't; for every one hot college-aged football star there's about 5 million Stanford Blatch type guys (Sex and The City, remember?), and we tend to 'not count' the guys we don't give a flying shit whether or not they're gay because we're not interested in them in the first place. So asking other gay people what they think is the percentage of the gay community is biased from the beginning, because unless we've lived in many places, and seen kind of the same patterns, our 'reading' won't be very accurate.

    I can say this, the bigger the city, the more gay people; but the more lost you tend to feel because it's much harder to break into their cliques and little girly groups. And no matter if we are 2% of 18% we seem to not be interested in each other anyways; we still want a straight jock to come rescue us from this pasture of screaming queens.
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    Jul 17, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    Self-reporting is unscientific, which is how these estimates of orientation are made. Reminds me of the old joke (and the percentages vary in different retellings):

    "10% of men admit to having masturbated, and the other 90% are liars"

    I used to routinely hear that 10% of all men are gay, and some college gay student activity groups used to call themselves "The 10% Society". Most now go by an alphabet soup of ever-changing letters, that seems to get longer every day.

    I still like to optimistically think it's 10%, the reality may be a little less, but I think more than 5%.
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    Jul 17, 2013 1:34 AM GMT
    toronto647 saidNot many. I'd say 2-4% of men and maybe 2-4% of women. I think the problem is that we overestimate how many guys are gay based on what we wish were true, but (thanks to the internet) it's all fantasy. We are presented with images of the men who we wish to God were gay but aren't; for every one hot college-aged football star there's about 5 million Stanford Blatch type guys (Sex and The City, remember?), and we tend to 'not count' the guys we don't give a flying shit whether or not they're gay because we're not interested in them in the first place. So asking other gay people what they think is the percentage of the gay community is biased from the beginning, because unless we've lived in many places, and seen kind of the same patterns, our 'reading' won't be very accurate.

    I can say this, the bigger the city, the more gay people; but the more lost you tend to feel because it's much harder to break into their cliques and little girly groups. And no matter if we are 2% of 18% we seem to not be interested in each other anyways; we still want a straight jock to come rescue us from this pasture of screaming queens.


    There needs to be a higher percentage of people like you in this world. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 17, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
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    Considering all the effort put into sexual acceptance over the last 50 years, I'd definitely give more weight to the poll numbers of youth as being more accurate than the poll numbers of their elders.

    And just because I like round numbers, I'd take that 6.4% identifying as nonstr8 and add 3.6% who identify as str8 but play with others for an even 10% our team. Go team.
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    Jul 17, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    Problem is you have to many bisexuals standing under the banner of gay, who once stood under the banner of straight, thus confusing the statistics of us Bona Fide homosexuals for Bisexuals.
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    Jul 17, 2013 1:51 AM GMT
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    Considering all the effort put into sexual acceptance over the last 50 years, I'd definitely give more weight to the poll numbers of youth as being more accurate than the poll numbers of their elders.

    And just because I like round numbers, I'd take that 6.4% identifying as nonstr8 and add 3.6% who identify as str8 but play with others for an even 10% our team. Go team.


    whats DK/ref?
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    Jul 17, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
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    whats DK/ref?

    Don't Know / refuse to indicate
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    Jul 17, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    I've read in the past that in a given population
    there estimated to be around 2-16% of LGBT...of that percentage, gays are may be around 1/4-1/2

    Wikipedia also has similar percentages just like what I have read.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_sexual_orientation
    The estimations are probably lower due to many of them are not out.
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    Jul 17, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    toronto647 saidNot many. I'd say 2-4% of men and maybe 2-4% of women. I think the problem is that we overestimate how many guys are gay based on what we wish were true, but (thanks to the internet) it's all fantasy. We are presented with images of the men who we wish to God were gay but aren't; for every one hot college-aged football star there's about 5 million Stanford Blatch type guys (Sex and The City, remember?), and we tend to 'not count' the guys we don't give a flying shit whether or not they're gay because we're not interested in them in the first place. So asking other gay people what they think is the percentage of the gay community is biased from the beginning, because unless we've lived in many places, and seen kind of the same patterns, our 'reading' won't be very accurate.

    I can say this, the bigger the city, the more gay people; but the more lost you tend to feel because it's much harder to break into their cliques and little girly groups. And no matter if we are 2% of 18% we seem to not be interested in each other anyways; we still want a straight jock to come rescue us from this pasture of screaming queens.


    Very wise.icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 17, 2013 3:29 AM GMT
    I'm going out with a guy that was straight, married but knew he liked guys too. He is now convinced he is gay only. So the idea of bisexuality is hard to put down in numbers.
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    Jul 17, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    bradomo saidI'm going out with a guy that was straight, married but knew he liked guys too. He is now convinced he is gay only. So the idea of bisexuality is hard to put down in numbers.


    But only a bisexual could do what he did, and I wish you both the best.
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    Jul 17, 2013 3:44 AM GMT
    tru_blu_ozzie said
    bradomo saidI'm going out with a guy that was straight, married but knew he liked guys too. He is now convinced he is gay only. So the idea of bisexuality is hard to put down in numbers.


    But only a bisexual could do what he did, and I wish you both the best.


    That is debatable.