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GALLUP Releases Another Seriously Flawed Poll Ranking America’s “Gayest States”

GALLUP along with Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law has issued the results of a poll conducted last year in which they asked over 200,000 people if they “personally identify” NOT OPENLY IDENTIFY as LGBT with surprising and INSANE results including states like Kentucky, South Dakota, and Arizona in the Top 15.

The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) ranges from 1.7% in North Dakota to 5.1% in Hawaii and 10% in the District of Columbia, according to Gallup surveys conducted from June-December 2012. Residents in the District of Columbia were most likely to identify as LGBT (10%). Among states, the highest percentage was in Hawaii (5.1%) and the lowest in North Dakota (1.7%), but all states are within two percentage points of the nationwide average of 3.5%.

Measuring sexual orientation and gender identity can be challenging because these concepts involve complex social and cultural patterns. There are a number of ways to measure lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientation, and transgender status. Gallup chose a broad measure of personal identification as LGBT because this grouping of four statuses is commonly used in current American discourse, and as a result has important cultural and political significance.

One limitation of this approach is that it is not possible to separately consider differences among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgender individuals. A second limitation is that this approach measures broad self-identity, and does not measure sexual or other behavior, either past or present.

Interestingly both GALLUP and Gates go to great lengths to connect this to their previous serious flawed and dangerous survey/poll which stated that only 3.2 percent of Americans are gay and also backhandedly abiet, state that their polls might be nothing more than utter bullshit and wrong.

As was outlined in the first report of these data in October, measuring sexual orientation and gender identity can be challenging because these concepts involve complex social and cultural patterns. There are a number of ways to measure lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientation, and transgender status. Gallup chose a broad measure of personal identification as LGBT because this grouping of four statuses is commonly used in current American discourse, and as a result has important cultural and political significance. One limitation of this approach is that it is not possible to separately consider differences among lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, or transgender individuals. A second limitation is that this approach measures broad self-identity, and does not measure sexual or other behavior, either past or present.

Both GALLUP and Gates  rely on people “outing” themselves to a stranger (presumably on the phone) and will invariably miss a large percentage of actual gay folks.  Apart from the legitimate concerns for one’s safety, this completely ignores an individual’s own handling of their sexuality in a society and the results of these polls are  dangerous to the representation of the LGBT community.

Gates a gay man himself should be ashamed of himself for presenting such skewed information just to make a name for himself.  And  as for GALLUP?  I would expect nothing less from them since they presented a poll during the 2012 elections saying that the majority of American supported voting for  Mitt Romney as President.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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