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.
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?