Can't believe the amount of new guys on this site! What do you think is the % of gays amongst men?

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    May 04, 2007 1:39 AM GMT
    If you add up the amount of guys on this site and all the other internet sites that service gay hookups and dating plus all the gay guys that don't access these sites. Then you got all those married guys that have a fantisy about experiencing a gay encounter. I thought 1 out of ten guys are gay. I kind of think that it is higher. do anyone have any sound stats on this.
  • mcwclewis

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    May 04, 2007 4:40 AM GMT
    No sound statistics here.

    It really depends on what you're asking. Are you asking about gay men or are you asking about bi, curious, etc. men?

    I think if you're including the curious, the numbers more likely 1 in 4, at least from those I've met. If you're talking about the straight-up homosexual, I'd go with 1 in 12.

    These are really not numbers I got from anywhere thats statistically sound... just my observations.
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    May 04, 2007 5:15 AM GMT
    hey.... it is hunting season. Birds and the bees thing. Spring gives rise to the itch that needs to be scratched.
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    May 04, 2007 10:10 AM GMT
    I am talking all men on the planet. Even if the classify themselves as hetro, bi, gay, pretty much every human walking male!
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    May 04, 2007 8:40 PM GMT
    I don't even touch a man until I know he is married or is in a situation with a lady. These men need more and it's fun for all involved.
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    May 04, 2007 9:21 PM GMT
    There's a really interesting scholarly (peer-reviewed) article:

    R. L. Sell, J. A. Wells and D. Wypij, "The prevalence of homosexual behavior and attraction in the United States, the United Kingdom and France: Results of national population-based samples", Archives of Sexual Behavior 24 p235-248 (1995)

    Link to abstract: http://www.springerlink.com/content/qq42716198161858/

    Although the article is rather old, the methodology is very interesting in that the authors "use ... sexual attraction as well as sexual behavior to estimate the prevalence of homosexuality".

    Key sentence from the abstract: 20.8, 16.3, and 18.5% of males, and 17.8, 18.6, and 18.5% of females in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France report either homosexual behavior or homosexual attraction since age 15.

    This article is very widely cited; there doesn't seem to be a great deal of other data on this subject. Any sociologists out there?

    Another interesting paper is

    A. F. Bogaert "The prevalence of male homosexuality: the effect of fraternal birth order and variations in family size" J Theor Biol. 230(1) p33-7 (2004)

    Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=15275997&dopt=Citation

    This paper basically concludes that there may be no fixed percentage of homosexuals in humans, and that the actual percentage changes with society.
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    May 05, 2007 9:53 AM GMT
    Thanks for the info TigerTim.
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    May 05, 2007 3:30 PM GMT
    Not totally true though, some are female too.
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    May 05, 2007 4:15 PM GMT
    Could you elucidate that one, jimmychoo? Not sure what you're referring to.
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    May 07, 2007 2:50 PM GMT
    I mean there are also many female sign up in here too eventhough the pix on their profile is male. Even some verified are female too.
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    Jul 06, 2007 4:09 PM GMT
    ...hmmm i'll go with 1-5 he he
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    Jul 06, 2007 6:42 PM GMT
    There are billions of people on the planet. Too hard to extrapolate that kind of stat from website activity.
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    Jul 09, 2007 4:35 AM GMT
    ...i'll go with Mcgay =)
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    Jul 09, 2007 4:46 AM GMT
    Ill go with Mcgay too but its always "billions" of people with you =P
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    Jul 09, 2007 1:02 PM GMT
    I've always seen homosexuality as a natural form of Birth Control and Population Control. It makes since that at least 10 - 15 % of the population would not engage in reproductive behavior.
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    Jan 28, 2008 3:19 AM GMT
    Sociologist here (well Sociology degree anyway)... I agree with the abstract from Tiger Tim's second paper.

    10% is an inflated number based on Kinsey's research which had some methodological problems and has been pretty well debunked.

    Sunsequent surveys that have gone out have reported anywhere from 1%-8% in US males depending on how you classify homosexual behavior (whether by attraction, behavior or identity). And with any survey there's people who won't report their sexual orientation out of fear, shame etc so all numbers are questionable.

    The US census puts it at about 2% in most major metro areas (Higher in NY and SF) but it's limited to gay couples living together, which I think excludes most of us... (based on numbers from this site we're 76% single)

    Homosexuality varies (or seems to vary) by ethnicity, region and culture, making a true number or percentage difficult to achieve. So while data on this site can tell us something about the population, it doesn't give us any indication how many of us there really are.

    What we do know is there seem to be consistently fewer lesbians than gay men.

    Shameless plug: If you like talking about these sorts of topics I do a lot of stats on my blog Broken Cupid
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    Jan 28, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    Geographer here and I study the demographics of many "minority" population as part of my job for NEPA and "Environmental Justice" issues....This link goes to some interesting and easy to read, if now dated, maps and numbers..... http://www.gaydemographics.org/

    Many more sites out there, try a google search on "gay and demographics" a number of interesting sites! Enjoy.
  • ShawnTX

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    Jan 28, 2008 4:43 AM GMT
    99% of men are gay when they've had a few. icon_wink.gif
  • Menergy_1

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    Jan 28, 2008 4:58 AM GMT
    Oh, come on -- don't gay men believe EVERY male is really secretly gay - and those who are straight are denying it? (j/k - but I do have a couple of friends who really do say that seriously) Or that every straight man should really have the extreme, pleasurable experience of an orgasm with a dick up his rear before he dies because he'd really change his mind about being purely straight.

    And vergence, I'd have to disagree about the number of lesbians compared to gay men, based at least on the world of Santa Fe NM -- I honestly believe there's an undisclosed factory here where they manufacture lesbians and ship them to everywhere else. The population is HUGE! (again, a joke, folks - but one you could understandably come up with if you visit here)

    It's an interesting question and speculation about our prevalence, though....