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CDC Survey Provides First Large Scale Data On Gay & Bisexual Population

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed some interesting findings regarding the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community here in the United States via the first large scale government survey targeting the community.  

The Washington Post reports:

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual.

The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight 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.”

It's pretty shocking that this is the first large-scale survey of this type measuring sexual orientation.

The CDC survey impacts government funding and the inclusion of sexual orientation in the survey is seen as a victory for the gay community, as lack of data has inhibited the government from targeting our specific health needs.

“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,” said Gary J. Gates, a demographer at the Williams Institute, a research center at the University of California at Los Angeles that studies the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population.

The survey also revealed some interesting comparisons between the gay community and our straight counterparts regarding issues like smoking, alcohol consumption, and HIV testing. Take a look at the infographic. 

Surprised by the findings, Instincters?



Where did they take the survey?  The study results are going to be skewed due in part to the fact that most LGBT folks live in a metropolitan areas.  Yes LGBT folk are everywhere but if there is going to be a correct sample it needs to be skewed a bit to the urban area.

Well I think we can sum up that we suck at life in some ways and in other ways we don't. Realistically, we don't do gym and aerobic activities to stay healthy, we care more about looking good to get sex. Sigh.

If everyone was honest with their sexuality I believe that there is around 20% gay people!!

I completely agree ^^^^^^

I believe "less than 3%" is too low, but 20% is way too high!  I think the old estimations of between 5% and 10% are more correct. 

Go to west Hollywood and survey 35,000 people I'm sure there would be a totally different percentage

who do these survey's even reach? I never get asked to take surveys..  

34557 people surveyed is way less than 10% of the population. 1% is about 3 million so 34557 is about 0.01% of the population. Now whether or not that's an adequate sample size statistically, I don't know. I am no statistician. 

It is not the size of the sample that is key, it is whether the sample is representative of the population as a whole. Given the difficulty of reaching a truly representative cross section of the population these days, I would take any conclusions with a grain of salt. 

I would love to see the breakdown by by gender as well. Gay men, straight men, lesbians and straight women and see how the numbers play out. For instance, HIV testing amongst gay men would possibly be higher with lesbians in their own category. I am glad they are paying attention to health disparities in the LGBT community.

If people actually took the time to READ: the survey was conducted over 2013 and surveyed only 34,557 people. The US population is over 300 million. How is this a broad representation?

They surveyed over 30 million people? I doubt that. It would have been on the scale of our 10 year census then.

I am not surprised at the results on the drinking and smoking.  Being as how gay people are marginalized, the drinking is not surprising.  When I was a lot younger I knew quite a few people in the community that drank heavily due to the fact that they were depressed at the way they were treated.

I am a little surprised at the findings.  I have always thought that gay men do a better job of keeping fit, so the smoking, aerobic activity and drinking was a little more than I would have thought in the gay column.

I do not believe the % results either. A lot of gay aln lesbians do not even tell their doctor that they are gay or lesbian. I just wonder where they got the information as to who was and who was not G or L

It surveyed roughly 10% of the US it is a very accurate based on sample size. 

34,000 is not 10% of the US population. It's funny how we take a survey of such a small group and apply it to the entire population. Especially when it is for government funding.

Never took that wrong data

Certainly the people who answered the survey are not indicative of the true numbers of gay and bisexual individuals in the US population!

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