Survey finds that less than three percent self identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/16/2014 (3 years ago)
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It flies in face of the gay pride parades conducted in major cities where crowds swell to thousands - but according to a new report, less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. It's the first large-scale report on those who self identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual conducted by the Centers for Disease Control.
It was the first time a question regarding self identified sexual-orientation was posed in an influential survey used to guide government funding and research decisions.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government's main tool for annually assessing Americans' health and behaviors, found that only 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.
The vast majority of adults polled, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as heterosexual in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded "I don't know the answer" or said they were "something else."
According to a report conduct for the centers for Disease Control, gay men were far more likely to smoke than their straight counterparts.
Previous surveys listing the gay, lesbian and bisexual population have pegged the overall proportion at closer to 3.5 or four percent. In particular, the estimate for bisexuals was lower than in some other surveys.
It was the first time a question regarding self identified sexual-orientation was posed in an influential survey used to guide government funding and research decisions. Some within the self identifying homosexual and lesbian community in the United States have claimed there is a dearth of data about its special health needs.
Gay men were also found to be more likely to drink to excess than their heterosexual counterparts.
"This is a major step forward in trying to remedy some of these gaps in our understanding of the role sexual orientation and gender identity play in people's health and in their lives," Gary J. Gates, a demographer at the Williams Institute says. The institute is a research center at the University of California at Los Angeles that studies the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population.
The federal health interview survey which first began in 1957, comprises a wide range of questions, on topics including medical care. The data is collected for the center by the Census Bureau, which conducts interviews with thousands of Americans across the country. Data is collected by face-to-face interviews and some follow-up telephone queries.
A few other federal surveys ask about sexual orientation but are not large enough to provide data that can be generalized to the country as a whole, government health officials have said.
The gay community in the U.S. has long requested a health survey which included them in order to better asses their health risks.
According to the findings, one group was less healthy overall than any other group. Compared with heterosexuals, gays were more likely to smoke and to have consumed five or more drinks in one day at least once in the past year. Heterosexual women were more likely to consider themselves in excellent or very good health than women who self identified as lesbian.
Gays were more likely to have received a flu shot than heterosexual people, and homosexual men were less likely to be overweight than straight men.
People who identify as being attracted to both sexes, and bisexuals, those who actually engage in sexual acts with either men or women, are more likely to have experienced psychological distress in the past 30 days than straight people, the survey showed.
Of course, nothing in the survey considered the fact the entire social order is being readjusted in many ways to accommodate an even smaller segment of cultural activists - those who self identify as homosexual, lesbian or bi-sexual and want the entire culture to accommodate and legitimize their lifestyle. For example, the definition of the institution of marriage is being dismantled with little concern for the long term effects on children and the common good.
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