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Gay History – July 23, 1909: The Secret Gay Historian Samuel Steward (aka Phil Andros) Born

Samuel Steward

Legendary  poet, novelist, and university professor Samuel Morris Steward also known as Phil Andros  and Phil Sparrow was born on this day in Woodsfield, Ohio.  

Born into a Methodist household, Steward converted to Catholicism during his university years, but by the time he accepted his teaching position at Loyola University he had long since abandoned the Catholic Church.

Steward led one of the most extraordinary (and unknown) gay  lives of the twentieth century.  Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid (and often very funny) detail.  He was also was an intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder,

After leaving the world of academe to become Phil Sparrow, a tattoo artist on Chicago’s notorious South State Street, Steward met famed sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in late 1949 and subsequently became an unofficial collaborator with Kinsey’s Institute for Sex Research. During his years of work with the Institute, Steward collected and donated sexually themed materials to the Kinsey archive, gave Kinsey access to his lifelong sexual records, introduced him to large numbers of sexually active men in the Chicago area, and provided him with large numbers of early sex Polaroid photographs which he took during the frequent all-male sex parties he held in his Chicago apartment. He also allowed Kinsey to take detailed photographs of that sexually-themed apartment. He ultimately donated a large numbers of drawings, paintings and decorative objects that he himself had created to the Institute.

In spring of 1950, at Kinsey’s invitation, he was filmed engaging in BDSM sex with Mike Miksche, an erotic artist from New York also known as Steve Masters.

After Gertrude Stein, Kinsey was Steward’s most important mentor; he later described Kinsey not only “as approachable as a park bench” but also as a god-like bringer of enlightenment to mankind, thus giving him the nickname, “Doctor Prometheus.”

During the early 1960s, Steward changed his name and identity once again, this time to write exceptionally literate, upbeat pro-homosexual pornography under the name of Phil Andros.  Initially he wrote for the Danish magazine Eos/Amigo. Some of his early works described his fascination with rough trade and sadomasochistic sex; others focused on the power dynamics of interracial sexual encounters between men. In 1966, thanks to changes in American publishing laws, he was able to publish his story collection Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade""“>Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” states so eloquently:  “He paid the price for being himself, but at least he got to be himself.”

New Gallup Poll States That 4.5% Of Americans Now Openly Identify As LGBT

New Gallup Poll States That 4.5% Of Americans Now Openly Identify As LGBT

Gallup reports:

The percentage of American adults identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) increased to 4.5% in 2017, up from 4.1% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2012 when Gallup began tracking the measure. The latest estimate is based on over 340,000 interviews conducted as part of Gallup’s daily tracking in 2017.

The expansion in the number of Americans who identify as LGBT is driven primarily by the cohort of millennials, defined as those born between 1980 and 1999. The percentage of millennials who identify as LGBT expanded from 7.3% to 8.1% from 2016 to 2017, and is up from 5.8% in 2012.

By contrast, the LGBT percentage in Generation X (those born from 1965 to 1979) was up only .2% from 2016 to 2017. There was no change last year in LGBT percentage among baby boomers (born 1946 through 1964) and traditionalists (born prior to 1946).

As LGBT demographic expert Dr. Gary Gates noted in his report on Gallup data last year: “A variety of factors can affect the willingness of adults to identify as LGBT. These can include how comfortable and confident survey respondents feel about the confidentiality and privacy of data collected.”

Despite being gay himself Dr. Gary Gates spent years trying to debunk famous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey’s claim that 10% of males in the U.S. are gay stating that the Kinsey Institute’s findings were inflated for “political reasons”. In 2015 Gates released his own study extrapolating numbers from various uncontrolled and different surveys done around the world and in the end stating that the LGBT population was only 3.4 percent and not Kinsey’s 10 percent.

CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics Survey Finds Only 2% Of Americans Identify As Gay



In another of a long line of questionable “surveys’. The  National Center for Health Statistics is claiming that only 2 percent of Americans are gay or lesbians and just under 1 percent say they’re bisexual.

The first federal health survey to look at the question of sexuality finds that 96.6 percent of Americans declare they are heterosexual, or straight. Another 1 percent won’t say. The survey by the National Center for Health Statistics shows significant differences in health risks, also. People who say they are gay, lesbian or bisexual are also more likely to smoke and binge drink. But they also exercise more than straight Americans. They survey found that 26 percent of gays and lesbians smoke, compared to 18 percent who identified as straight and 29 percent of bisexual. And 33 percent of homosexuals say they had five or more drinks in a single day over the past year — the formal definition of binge-drinking — compared to 22 percent of straight people and nearly 40 percent of bisexuals. But gay people are fitter, NCHS’s Brian Ward and colleagues found. The survey found 56 percent of gays or lesbians met the federal guidelines for exercise — 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise — compared to 49 percent of straight people.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System which provides statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.

The methodology of the survey and the exact questions were not available for review at the time of this posting.

Alfred Kinsey’s famous Kinsey Report claimed that 10% of the population had either LGBT experiences.

Gallup Presents (Flawed) Findings That 3.4% of the Population Self-Identify As LGBT

Here we go again….

Gallup has just released what they call, “The largest single study of the distribution of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in the U.S. on record.”

Well it may be the largest but is it the most accurate?


While some say that the original 10% LGBT population number which was based on Alfred Kinsey studies from 1948 is too high Dr. Gary Gates an openly gay researcher from the Williams Instutute in 2010 did his own study to purposely debunk Kinsey’s numbers claiming that only 3.9% of the population was gay, although he did find that 8.2% reported same-sex experiences which is close to the 10% that Kinsey reported.  (Remember in 1942 there was no such thing as “openly gay”)

Now Gallup has released a new poll stating that 3.4 percent of the population represent as openly LGBT  using the  flawed research methods that count more on numbers instead of methods to get the information much like Dr. Gary Gates.

Gates states that “Kinsey didn’t use a population-based sample, so regardless of the point-estimate, it came from a self-selected group of men,” but Kinsey’s  interviews of such men and women were voluntary and done with complete advanced permission and anonymity. While Gates and Gallups information was gathered by cold calls with the person’s identity known.

Gallups recent survey was done with 121,290 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted between June 1 and Sept. 30, 2012 that was done through telephone interviews that were not anonymous and used very pointed generic questions the main one being if they if they OPENLY identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. (Much the same as Gates 2010 study’s numbers which he gathered from public sample polling)  So the 3.4% question does not represent the total LGBT community but only those who are openly out.

Gallup itself does acknowledges:

Measuring sexual orientation and gender identity can be challenging since these concepts involve complex social and cultural patterns. As a group still subject to social stigma, many of those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender may not be forthcoming about this identity when asked about it in a survey. Therefore, it’s likely that some Americans in what is commonly referred to as “the closet” would not be included in the estimates derived from the Gallup interviews. Thus, the 3.4% estimate can best be represented as adult Americans who publicly identify themselves as part of the LGBT community when asked in a survey context”

And while Gallup does point this out I am sure that this is not something that the FRC, AFA, or NOM will go out of their way to be made known.

And as for Dr. Gary Gates, an openly gay man by the way.  Perhaps he should try to stop courting fame by debunking Alfred Kinsey and perhaps do some work on finding a way to correct and accurate way to collect his data before he presents his findings.