The demographics of sexual orientation and gender identity in the United States have been studied in the social sciences in recent decades. A Gallup poll concluded that 4. Studies from several nations, including the U. Online surveys tend to yield higher figures than other methods,  a likely result of the higher degree of anonymity of Internet surveys, and demographic of those utilizing online platforms which elicit reduced levels of socially desirable responding. Census Bureau does not ask about sexual orientation in the United States Census.
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For as long as HIV has existed in the public consciousness, it has been associated with queerness. Out of the 1. For instance, men reporting sex with another man could include gay men, bisexual men and—unfortunately, due to antiquated and transphobic reporting policies—transgender women. Similarly, tens of thousands of men living with HIV in the U. The person could also have been transgender and had sex with an opposite-sex cisgender or transgender person.
How many people in the world are gay?
For every people in Britain, just 1 will identify themselves as gay or lesbian according to the latest government statistics. The numbers which include gender, location and age may come as a surprise - but why? In its 'Integrated Household Survey', the Office for National Statistics asks , people about their sexual identity - and the vast majority of them choose to answer. The small fraction that was left either refused to answer or said they didn't know. Altogether, amounts to about , homosexual and , bisexual adults in the UK.
In , Alfred Kinsey, an American sexologist and researcher, concluded an average of 1 in 10 people in the world are gay. His results were hotly disputed due to his questionable methods - seeking out respondents in prison, or by word of mouth. In Kinsey's defence, it's never been easy to put a precise figure on an exactly what percentage of the population is gay. Whilst there has been an increase in people being comfortable with 'coming out', there are still sections of the community afraid to do so due to historical persecution. However, there are still pockets of the globe where being homosexual is considered a criminal offense.