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Gays Are Everywhere

by The Next Family June 03, 2011

By: Shannon Ralph

Gay people are taking over the world! They’re everywhere! They’re everywhere! Okay, perhaps that is a slight exaggeration. However, in surprising news, a recent Gallup poll shows that Americans estimate the gay population to be much larger than it actually is. A study conducted between May 5th and May 8th of this year found that 52 percent of Americans estimate that at least one in five Americans are gay. When the participants were asked to give a specific percentage, both men and women indicate that about 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian. Those with lower incomes, those less educated, women, and young adults gave the highest estimates. Democrats, in general, estimated the number of gays and lesbians to be higher than their Republican counterparts, as well.


Gallup concluded, “Americans perceive that there is a large U.S. gay population – one far larger than is a likely reality. Perhaps more informative than the exact figure Americans give is the trend that more Americans now than in 2002 feel they have enough information to offer an estimate. This suggests Americans have had even more exposure to gays and lesbians, be it in their personal lives or through entertainment or other means.”


So what is up with this trend? Why do Americans believe that the gay and lesbian population of this country is significantly larger than it actually is? This poll is one more piece of evidence indicating that  Americans are now more accepting of gays and lesbians than at any point in U.S. history. If this trend continues, the pollsters conclude, “One would expect more states and the federal government to expand the legal rights of gays and lesbians, including the right to legally marry.”


Hmmm…perhaps it is time to start shopping for a wedding dress? I think I could rock the satin and organza look. Chiffon lace, perhaps?



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