Friday, June 14, 2013

Survey of LGBT Americans

There's a new poll out from Pew, surveying LGBT Americans.  One caveat, they have about 40% self-identified bisexuals, which seems a bit high.  And as Andrew Sullivan says, aggregating LGBT all together is a bit problematic, since the experience of bi or trans people is obviously quite different from that of lesbians and gays.  Still, it's interesting.  Some of the findings:

Bisexuals are closeted.

As for gender patterns, the survey finds that lesbians are more likely than gay men to be in a committed relationship (66% versus 40%); likewise, bisexual women are much more likely than bisexual men to be in one of these relationships (68% versus 40%). In addition women, whether lesbian or bisexual, are significantly more likely than men to either already have children or to say they want to have children one day.


PseudoPiskie said...

Been thinking about this. If a person is never in a situation to act on same sex attraction, is s/he unaware of real sexuality or unwilling to express bi sentiment? If one has never had an opportunity to have a same sex relationship, is it possible to not be aware of that?

IT said...

I think it is possible to be aware of an attraction without necessarily acting upon it, or having a sexual experience.