What Percentage of the American Populace is LGBT?


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…

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