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What Percentage of the American Populace is LGBT?

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There’s one Republican poll that claims 3.3% of Americans are “that way,” but before you buy that, please realize there are so many other factors.

A) Some people don’t identify themselves with a sexuality label, aren’t sure which label they might fit into, and/or don’t want to say.

B) There’s something called the closet.

C) The poll was done by Republicans.

I’d say a figure of 33% is more accurate, but maybe I’m living in a tiny bit of a bubble compared to the rest of the country.

(After all, as I wrote about Hell’s Kitchen this week, if the person to the left of you is straight and so is the person to the right of you, then you’re definitely gay.)

I guess there’s more to America than just Hell’s Kitchen.

So instead, I’ll compromise and rely on the theme song to the 1976 comic film Norman…Is That You?, about a gay guy’s eventual coming out to his parents.

The catchy ditty, performed by disco diva Thelma Houston, tells us, “One out of every six is just like Norman/The other five get off their cookies by conformin’…”

One out of six is approximately 16.6%.

So if the three people to your left are straight and are so are the two people to your right…

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 7, 2013

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