Number of gay people in the United States

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    Dec 24, 2013 5:55 AM GMT
    I've heard only 3% when the duck dynasty ordeal came out and that is very hard to believe. There are just so many gay people (closet or not) in the world that I see and I live in a rural area. Somewhere around 20-25% at the minimum seems more right. Thoughts?
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    Dec 24, 2013 1:27 PM GMT
    I don't know about USA, I think it should be about the same as in Canada.

    Here the citation about gay population from CanadaStat:

    "1.1% — The percentage of Canadians aged 18 to 59 who reported in 2009 that they consider themselves to be homosexual (gay or lesbian)".

    (http://www42.statcan.gc.ca/smr08/2011/smr08_158_2011-eng.htm)
  • jo2hotbod

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    Dec 24, 2013 1:53 PM GMT
    3% to 6% is right, not even close to approaching 20% to 25%
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 24, 2013 4:59 PM GMT
    Okajuurou saidI don't know about USA, I think it should be about the same as in Canada.

    Here the citation about gay population from CanadaStat:

    "1.1% — The percentage of Canadians aged 18 to 59 who reported in 2009 that they consider themselves to be homosexual (gay or lesbian)".

    (http://www42.statcan.gc.ca/smr08/2011/smr08_158_2011-eng.htm)
    No because the US has a much larger population than Canada. I would say that gays are between 5% and 7% of the US population. Canada would be more similar to Australia which also has a much smaller population than the US.
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    Dec 24, 2013 5:06 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    Okajuurou saidI don't know about USA, I think it should be about the same as in Canada.

    Here the citation about gay population from CanadaStat:

    "1.1% — The percentage of Canadians aged 18 to 59 who reported in 2009 that they consider themselves to be homosexual (gay or lesbian)".

    (http://www42.statcan.gc.ca/smr08/2011/smr08_158_2011-eng.htm)
    No because the US has a much larger population than Canada. I would say that gays are between 5% and 7% of the US population. Canada would be more similar to Australia which also has a much smaller population than the US.


    sorry, total population is irrelevant when considering percentage or per capita data
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 24, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    somersault said
    roadbikeRob said
    Okajuurou saidI don't know about USA, I think it should be about the same as in Canada.

    Here the citation about gay population from CanadaStat:

    "1.1% — The percentage of Canadians aged 18 to 59 who reported in 2009 that they consider themselves to be homosexual (gay or lesbian)".

    (http://www42.statcan.gc.ca/smr08/2011/smr08_158_2011-eng.htm)
    No because the US has a much larger population than Canada. I would say that gays are between 5% and 7% of the US population. Canada would be more similar to Australia which also has a much smaller population than the US.


    sorry, total population is irrelevant when considering percentage or per capita data
    Not necessarily. Total population does influence percentages to a certain extent. Canada is more similar to Australia than it is to the US in terms of gay people as a percentage of the total population.
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    Dec 24, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    ^^

    yeah in a sample size of 20, not in a population in the tens of millions
  • pandx970

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    Dec 24, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    Okajuurou saidI don't know about USA, I think it should be about the same as in Canada.

    Here the citation about gay population from CanadaStat:

    "1.1% — The percentage of Canadians aged 18 to 59 who reported in 2009 that they consider themselves to be homosexual (gay or lesbian)".

    (http://www42.statcan.gc.ca/smr08/2011/smr08_158_2011-eng.htm)
    No because the US has a much larger population than Canada. I would say that gays are between 5% and 7% of the US population. Canada would be more similar to Australia which also has a much smaller population than the US.


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    Da fuq?

    Percentages wouldn't change due to population base. Total/gross numbers would.

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    Depending on the definition of 'gay' and the samples surveyed, there have been studies which say anywhere from 2% to 10%.

    There tends to be two types of survey definitions:

    (A) Ever (even just one instance) of consensual male to male sex

    (B) Self-identify as gay/bi/lesbian

    These tend toward different results, as you would intuit by the survey question. With stigma still attached to same-sex sexuality and attraction, the (B) percentage will be lower. The (A) definition would include gay / bi curious people and ex-gays and is a more inclusive definition as it focuses on sex acts and not necessarily sexuality.

    The (A) definition is what public health and policy experts will tend toward as they are more curious and more responsive to public health concerns. The (A) definition is what the gay-stigmatizing conservative organizations tend to use.

    Kinsey Reports from the mid 20th C. are also good to look at in that Kinsey and friends made light of the fact that it's not a "once and therefore flaming" kinda experience and that sexuality may change over time. It is a bit more nuanced.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports
  • unicoman1

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    Dec 24, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    Now ask to see what percentage has had homosexual experiences.....
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    Dec 24, 2013 7:20 PM GMT
    Thats got to be one of the hardest pieces of data to find because it is largely based on self-reported surveys which aren't the most reliable means of collecting data. People will lie even on annonymous surveys to conceal their sexual identity much like recreational drug users do. We may never know the true value till being out is universally common-place in this country.
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    Dec 24, 2013 8:24 PM GMT
    itsfallinganditcantgetup saidgood luck finding that out. the only way to find out is by being able to read into people's minds and stuff.



    I'm guessing you could use some statistics technique to extrapolate and infere.
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    Dec 24, 2013 8:25 PM GMT
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3546843

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-12/how-people-lie-about-gay-sex-and-homophobia.html