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Distorting Numbers on Gay Identity

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A misleading new state-by-state study claims that nearly 4 percent of American adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender with Washington, DC boasting the top LGBT population of nearly 10 percent.

These figures seem to contradict a 2011 study from the same experts at UCLA’s Williams Institute that showed only 1.7% saying they were gay or lesbian. Where’s the discrepancy?

The new numbers include bisexuals, who actually outnumber lesbians and gays. This is politically inconvenient for the gay rights argument because bisexuals by definition feel attraction to both genders, and so exercise some element of choice in how they express their sexuality.

Also, those permanently attracted to both men and women fit far less comfortably into the mold of monogamous marriage: limiting yourself to one person and one gender must go against your “nature” if you define yourself as bisexual.

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  1. DilloTank  •  Feb 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Sounds like a grievance hustle.

    Thanks for the info Michael. Good looking out!

  2. mark  •  Feb 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    So, equal marital rights for bisexuals should mean they marry someone from each sex set?

    • mark  •  Feb 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Don’t forget the transexual Cocker Spaniel owners!

  3. SenatorMark4  •  Feb 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I think it is terribly funny that we continue to have this argument about “choice” or “nature” at this day and time. Everybody in the West is now raised on CSI and finding DNA on a sweat drop on a suspect’s sleeve. Nobody in the East cares since they’re just now finding out how useful social media are unifying the approach to things like the proper way to stone a person for adultery.

    IN this day of almost daily scientific advancements, some of which clearly would qualify as magic 100 years ago, we can’t seem to answer that simple question. Why aren’t gays rushing to offer mouth swabs for DNA detection of their “nature”? Would it totally change the politics in the progressive West if it were determined that some people just choose to be gay?

  4. Betsy Goode  •  Feb 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Dummy! Bisexuals marry. One does not have to have lovers of both sexes every week, month,
    year or decade. It’s a capacity, not a compulsion! I am happily married 32 years, in a M/F relationship. Were I to be widowed or divorced, I am free to be alone, or to find someone to love of either sex. But along with being bi, both my partner and I seem to be ‘congenitally monogamous,’ and polyamory or open marriage (or infidelity) just does not seem to by in our DNA.

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