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Got gays?

Some research I did (Excel spreadsheet)

Method: searching for straight, gay, and bi men and women on the OkCupid personals site. The system acts weirdly if I try to query the whole database, so I searched in varying radii of various cities, e.g. 1000 miles of San Francisco, or 10 miles of Dallas, or 500 miles of Frankfurt, Germany. All ages and relationship statuses. Results vary somewhat, but a rough pattern is
gay guys: 5-7%
bi guys: 2-5%
gay girls: 3-6%
bi girls: 12-19%

Certain places break these ranges: San Francisco, NYC, Northampton ("lesbian capital of the US"), for example. 500 miles of Frankfurt raises the gay and bi girl maxima, among large-radius searches.

Pace Kinsey's "10%", it is true that everywhere has >10% of people self-registered as willing to consider same-sex relationships. Actual homosexuals are less than that, outside of concentrated areas, and apart from Frankfurt gay males outnumber gay females, while bi females outnumber both, and bi males have the same scarcity as gay females. The highest rate of gay males is 11%, in SF; the lowest rate of bi females is 12%, around Dallas. Highest rate of bi males is in Northampton, while NYC is rather low.

(Edit: I late added data for Tokyo, New Delhi, Lima, and Pretoria; the latter three have much lower rates of bi females, 6-8% -- though still twice the rate of gay females.)


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Oct. 15th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
Well done indeed. Thank you for a valuable bit of research.
Oct. 15th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Of course, these are self-reported so it should clear a few things up, but I wonder about how we categorize folks. It seems that if a man sleeps with a man, no matter how many women he has slept with, society calls him gay, whereas if a woman sleeps with a woman and ever sleeps with men, then she is not lesbian but bi. Take for example the New Jersey governor who came out as "gay". I have a hard time believing it. I mean, perhaps his 20-yr marriage was a complete sham, but he did have two kids. Did it ever cross anyone's mind to label him "bi"? No one ever comes out as "bi", it's just not done, and I'm waiting until someone has the chutzpah to do just that.
Oct. 15th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, I'm not familiar with the pattern you report.

Conversely, Willow turned "gay" despite a strong involvement with Oz and attraction to Xander, and Vamp!Willow's pansexuality. That bugged a lot of people, though I saw someone say that was a pattern followed by some real gay people.

I can buy the gay governor; to me these things are about who you're attracted to, not who you sleep with. Faking your way through a marriage of camouflage doesn't make you bi, any more than "there are no females" buttsex makes prisoners gay or all that bi. Less, maybe, since there's more (social) coercion in the former case.

Found this:
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