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US has 4M gay adults; 1.7 pct. of populace

April 7, 2011

Aw snap. I think that number is just a weeee bit higher. I always heard it was 10% but I'm a bit bias since Ellen Digeneres gave me that toaster oven for coming out.

Study: US has 4M gay adults; 1.7 pct. of populace

By LISA LEFF, Associated Press Lisa Leff, Associated Press – 1 hr 43 mins ago
SAN FRANCISCO – A California demographer has released a best guess of how many gay men and lesbians there are in the U.S.

Gary Gates puts the figure at 4 million adults, representing 1.7 percent of the 18-and-over population.

That's much lower than the 3 to 5 percent that has been the conventional wisdom in the last two decades, based on other isolated studies. It's also a fraction of the figure put out by Alfred Kinsey, who said in the 1940s that 10 percent of the men he surveyed were "predominantly homosexual."

Gates has advised the Census Bureau. He's a demographer-in-residence at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

He derived his results from five studies that asked subjects about their sexual orientations.

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