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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    I'm not sure what the purpose of this thread is. I'm pretty sure national studies have been done that give a fairly accurate answer to this question. Why does it matter what anyone's guess about the answer is?

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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    I say "...in your estimation" because, as someone else said in another thread, not all gay people are willing to admit it (for reasons of their own), so the best stats we have are most likely incomplete.

    Note also, bi-sexual, bi-curious, etc., are not included in the question. Straight (pun only slightly intended ) gay only.
    I think the number of people who are gay (not bi) is pretty low. Less than 2% but I'd guess that number to be 10% or so if you include bi and probably 40% or more if you include bi-curious.
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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    Clearly this is such an important issue that the question should be included on the census forms. How else can the government keep track to ensure that government services are allocated fairly?

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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    I dont even believe that most gays are gay. They just are types in need of identity for the most part.

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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post


    That's very funny! Could you describe how a man could have sex with another man 'not in a gay way'? I'd be fascinated to know what constitutes having sex in a gay way, as I may have been doing it wrong all these years.

    I've never understood the heterosexual mentality.
    I will try to do my best to explain it but I am a simple straight British bloke so not sufficiently cultured to get it right. Not like the French do.....

    If a man flounces about and has a gay relationship with another man then that's gay (I think...).

    If a manly man goes "hunting" with his best mate and they have a good old time in the woods shooting off and making bangs without the need to clean their shotguns later then that's not gay. Although it may look it from the stupid Anglo perspective.

    There, I did my best.....

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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    Quote Originally Posted by matchlight View Post
    I don't understand your claim. How does a man "have sex with other men, but not in a gay way"?
    I don't understand it either ask the French!

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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim the plumber View Post
    I will try to do my best to explain it but I am a simple straight British bloke so not sufficiently cultured to get it right. Not like the French do.....

    If a man flounces about and has a gay relationship with another man then that's gay (I think...).

    If a manly man goes "hunting" with his best mate and they have a good old time in the woods shooting off and making bangs without the need to clean their shotguns later then that's not gay. Although it may look it from the stupid Anglo perspective.

    There, I did my best.....
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    "Flouncing about"! Can you be more specific as to what constitutes "flouncing about"? And how about your definition of a "manly man"? Are you saying you can have sex with another man provided you're not effeminate, and provided that it's only the once, and in a woodland setting, and then it's not gay?

    Has this "simple, straight British bloke" got something he wants to confide in us with?

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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    I went with 4-6%

    But I doubt we will ever know for sure, as I expect there will always be some percentage of gay persons who wish to keep that information private.
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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    In my estimate about 1 in 3 people are "gay" in the US. ......
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    Re: In your estimation, what percentage of the population is gay?

    I think it would be better to ask what percentage of the population has had sexual encounters with the same sex because not all those people perceive themselves to be gay. Many are in heterosexual marriages to boot.

    "Gay" is a self-chosen identity, separate from the same-sex act. I know to most people they are the same thing and even to gay people they are, but the reality is that the natural homosexual behavior is its own thing regardless of what the person chooses to think about it before or after the fact.

    You'd be amazed at what people have done with the same sex in their lifetimes while still calling themselves "straight".

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