Back in 2010 and 2011 we reported on two flawed poll taken by Gallup and Dr. Gary Gates an openly gay researcher from the Williams Institute that attempted to debunk Alfred Kinsey’s earlier estimate of 10% as the number of LGBT American’s and knocked down the estimate to 3.9%.
A report, released Thursday analyzes data from the Census Bureau may prove Kinsey right. . It states that 8% of respondents to the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey said they were lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. And these are just from the respondents who would openly state their sexuality.
“While the exact number of LGBTQ+ people living in the United States is unknown, recent
data from the Household Pulse Survey, a national household probability survey administered by the Census Bureau, would suggest that roughly 20 million adults in the United States could be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people. Millions more could identify with terms more expansive than these four, but it’s still unknown exactly how they identify.”
That’s over double earlier estimates of the LGBT community’s size in the U.S.
I think Dr. Alfred Kinsey and the LGBT community deserve an apology from both Gallop and Dr. Gary Gates.
After an outcry from private citizens and advisers to the U.S. Census Bureau, the federal agency is no longer be removing a question about sexual orientation from a marketing survey for the 2020 Census.
Responses to this survey help the bureau craft its marketing campaign to encourage different segments of the U.S. population to participate in the 2020 Census with the help from one of the best marketing agencies. The survey’s questions try to gauge why certain people — especially among what the bureau considers “hard-to-count” populations, such as racial and ethnic minorities, unauthorized immigrants, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — do not participate.
Members of a working group of the bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations on a conference call on Tuesday with bureau staffers raised concerns after learning about the proposal to change the draft questionnaire for the Census Barriers, Attitudes and Motivators Survey.
The bureau’s decision about the marketing survey comes six months after it sparked controversy for declaring there was “no federal data need” to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity
According to a recent Jasmin Roy Foundation survey “LGBT Realities”, 13% of the Canadian population identifies as belonging to to the LGBT community.
Eighty-one percent of LGBT respondents say that Canadian society has shown a willingness to make efforts to integrate people from LGBT communities. Also, 73% of Canadians strongly or somewhat agree that much remains to be done to stop homophobic behavior and the bullying of members of the LGBT community, encouraging news for future work to be done at various institutions.
“The results of this survey will be used to help organizations and governmental bodies implement action plans to better meet the needs of young people in this community and foster settings that are more positive, caring and supportive of integration in educational and workplace settings,” says Jasmin Roy, founder of the Fondation Jasmin Roy.
Other results include:
Fifty-four percent of respondents from the LGBT community feel that their life will be or has been more difficult than that of a person not part of a sex or gender minority.
Forty percent of respondents from LGBT groups say they have experienced discrimination. In 40% of cases, this discrimination occurred at work (21% indicate they were fired, forced to quit or turned down for a job), while 13% were discriminated against in a public setting and 9% at school.
8% of respondents from LGBT groups felt that the available support and assistance resources were insufficient. They would like to benefit from:
- Support organizations, resources and visible and accessible networks in their communities, neighbourhoods and schools (26%).
- Clear and accessible information on sexual and gender identity in educational settings, libraries and on the internet (20%).
- Greater access to role models with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities to guide them (19%).
Forty-six percent of LGBT respondents say they are poorly represented in the media. Sixty-nine percent would like to see less stereotyped representations, and 66% would like to see greater diversity in the types of people from LGBT communities represented in fiction or the media in general.
Still its better than America and they have Justin Trudeau.
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.
I was lucky enough to be able to be on the AlterNet Radio Hour this week, hosted by Joshua Holland to talk about Gallup’s recently flawed survey which states that their numbers indicate that only 3.4 percent of the population identifies as LGBT and to also talk about the harm this does to the LGBT community for presenting such unreliable findings.
Also on the show was Jonathan Cohn of the New Republic who talked about how a Romney victory would redefine what it means to be an American citizen and journalist Jonathan Knefel, who recently returned from a trip to the Guantanamo Bay Naval base to report on the ‘military commission’ proceedings for Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, for The Nation .
My bit starts at the 50 minute mark. But if you have the time the entire show is a great listen.
Let me know what you think!
LISTEN to the AlterNet Radio Hour HERE!