The NYT Says That 5% Of American Men Are Gay
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz of the New York Times did a study on what percentage of males in the U.S. are gay, and came up with 5%. He also claims that many of those men are “in the closet or quietly suffering in heterosexual marriages — particularly in traditionally conservative states”. Stephens utilized information from the U.S. Census, social media sites, Gallup polls, and Internet porn searches.
It’s becoming more and more accepted that sexuality is a spectrum, so how was he defining “gay”? The answer is “men that are predominantly attracted to men”.
The sad and sobering outcome of the study would appear to be that there are still A TON of men who are into men that aren’t out, won’t talk about it, and are assuredly miserable. Here’s some other findings he came up with:
* When it comes to homosexuality, Rhode Island is the most “tolerant” state. Mississippi is the least.
* One-tenth of gay men haven’t come out to most of the important people in their lives.
* Gay men are half as likely as straight men to be open about their sexuality on social networks.
* More than one quarter of gay men hide their sexuality from anonymous surveys; about 3.6 percent of American men tell anonymous surveys they are attracted to men.
And in other depressing and dysfunctional news, “is my husband gay?” would appear to be a very popular search on Google.
In the United States, of all Google searches that begin “Is my husband…,” the most common word to follow is “gay.” “Gay” is 10 percent more common in such searches than the second-place word, “cheating.” It is 8 times more common than “an alcoholic” and 10 times more common than “depressed.” The states with the highest percentage of women asking this question are South Carolina and Louisiana. In fact, in 21 of the 25 states where this question is most frequently asked, support for gay marriage is lower than the national average.
That’s sadness, as was Stephens-Davidowitz’s conclusion:
“There is, in other words, a huge amount of secret suffering in the United States that can be directly attributed to intolerance of homosexuality.”
Do you think this study sounds accurate? Are you one of those men who is suffering in silence?
- J. Harvey
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