I was recently exposed to a feminist liberal who said that roughly 10% of the US population is gay. Oh really?
Before we delve into the statistics, I want to repeat something that I’ve often said. The problem with the average far left leaner you’re likely to meet on the street is that they function under a reality as they’d like it to be rather than reality as it actually is. Rather than collecting data, applying logic, then coming to a conclusion, they—the person who leans to the left because to do otherwise is uncool and closed minded, man—emotes first, thinks never. Forget the data, ten percent just feels right.
Prior to the 2010 census, no census data was gathered regarding the sexual orientation of our population. Sometime around 2007 or 2008, I scrounged around for some data and roughly calculated that about 2 to 3 percent of the population identified as homosexual.
Now, the 2010 census snapshot for the LGBT community shows that in the in the areas most densely populated with homosexuals, somewhere between 9 and 27 per 1000 households identify as homosexual. A quick look at that map of the US and it is easy to see that the majority of the United States does not fall into the highest category. Some of the more populous areas of the US do, but that observation is irrelevant because the maximum would be that 2.7% of the US population is gay. Because population density isn’t equally distributed, it’s likely that the actual number is significantly less.
A Huffington Post article estimated that about 1.7% of the 18 and over population is gay.
Either set of data ballparks the actual percentage of homosexuals in this country at significantly less than the asinine 10%.
I do want to point out that I simply do not care whether someone is gay or not. What consenting adults do in the privacy of their residence (emphasis on the privacy for every orientation) is up to them. I also support gay marriage. If marriage is not a religious institution, then religions cannot monopolize it. If marriage is a religious institution, than subscribers to any religion or set of beliefs from atheism to Zoroastrianism should have the right to marry whomever they choose. I also want to point out that the percentage of homosexuals in my circle of friends is significantly higher than the national percentage.
My beef here is not with homosexuals, just with people making baseless claims.