The Numbers Game

Today Stacy Harp posted an interested piece on the numbers of gays and lesbians in this country.  She seems to be all excited over the idea that we only make up 2.9% of the population.  She is reporting this as coming from the Focus on the Family website.  Here is what is says:


Poll Shows Less Than 3 Percent of Americans are Gay

Just 2.9 percent of Americans older than 18 identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, according to a groundbreaking poll released Wednesday by New York’s Hunter College. Gay-activist groups and the mainstream media often cite a 10 percent figure.

Caleb H. Price, research analyst for Focus on the Family, said the poll confirms the 10 percent figure is a myth.

“This poll roughly agrees with the University of Chicago’s landmark National Health and Social Life Survey," he said, "which found that only 1.4 percent of women think of themselves as lesbian or bisexual and only 2.8 percent of men identified themselves as gay or bisexual.”

The poll was funded through a grant from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a gay-activist group.

Stacy states:

It’s About Time The Truth is Told 2.9% Population Claim to be Gay, Says New Poll Funded by Homosexuals

One of the biggest media myths that people like Oprah Winfrey and others in the media who never bother to do research tell, is that the homosexual population is 10%. Now those of us who actually read the research and understand where that bogus figure came from, have known for years that the 10% figure is a myth.

NOW, we have a poll that was funded by homosexuals, that confirms the homosexual population is under 3% for people who are over 18 years old and live in America. Here’s the full story from Citizenlink.

This ‘article’ at Citizenlink is very vague.

Clearly Stacy is excited over this number, which in real terms equals about 8.7 million people in the U.S. (figuring that there are about 300 million people).  Now that is a lot of people, but for Stacy, the percentage sounds small and for her it means that such a small percentage of the population shouldn’t have equal rights (or any rights at all, for that matter).  But when you convert this to real people, there are 8.7 million people that she wants to see without their rights. 

That is a large number of people.

Should civil rights be based on the percentage of people in the population?  For Focus on the Family and Stacy Harp, the answer is yes. 


The numbers that this study used was based on an internet survey and one of the questions on the survey was "Are you yourself lesbian, gay or bisexual?"  They had 768 people say yes to this, and this study then extrapolated that gays and lesbians make up 2.9% of the population. 

And I find it interesting that she is very excited about this number, but yet another study, mentioned in the article she posts, mentions a higher number–4.2%, which equals 12,600,000 people.  That is also a lot of real people.  These people aren’t some statistic.  She might want to think about them in this term because then she doesn’t have to deal with the fact that they are real people.  They are just a few, nasty homosexuals pushing their agenda on the rest of the god-fearing nation.  But we are talking about real people, whether she wants to see them that way or not. 

And I don’t know who this Caleb Price is, a so-called research analyst for Focus on the Family, but 2.9% does not equal 4.2%–not even roughly.  We’re talking about a difference of 3.9 million people. 

AND, this poll is not new.  It was taken in Nov 2007.  It was a survey asking about political opinions. 


I noticed that some of the myths that the anti-gay groups use were not reported by the Focus on the Family article.  For example, in the same study, it is reported that gays and lesbians actually earn LESS money than their straight counterparts:


                           GLB    American Adult
less than $10,000 14.0    5.9
$10,000‐$24,999 19.1      15.8
$25,000‐$49,999 29.8       27.0
$50,000‐$74,999 17.5        20.2
$75,000 or more 19.6       31.1

So nearly 20% of gays, lesbians and bisexuals early $75,000 or more, which 31% American adults do.  That doesn’t sound like we make more money, now does it? 

Here is what the article states:  "In addition, lesbians, gays and bisexuals are far better educated than the general population.  A third of LGBs report having a college degree; only about one-quarter of American adults do.  Despite these higher levels of education, LGB household income is much lower than that of the typical American.  While half of U.S. households report an annual income of $50,000 or more, this is true of only 37% of LGB households."

Randy Thomas from Exodus particularly loves to state that gays and lesbians make more money than everyone else–clearly this is a lie.  Why didn’t Focus on the Family and Stacy Harp report this?  Because they love to be very selective with what they give their readers.  They know that this will make headlines, and at the same time they seek to suppress the other news they don’t like.  

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6 Responses to The Numbers Game

  1. Unknown says:

    Wow. A whole 2.9% of <strike>768 persons</strike> the population has the courage to admit that they are gay.
    Which brings up the question, what percentage of the population is unwilling to admit that they are gay?

  2. Robert says:

    Going to focus on the family for information about Gay people, is like asking Bush to be your English tutor!

  3. elizabeth says:

    pmsl wow she seems to think she is better than Oprah Winfrey  hehehe  Ok I not into all the talk show personalities  but omg this is overstating her err…ummm…. qualifications * typed with tounge in cheek * Good point Emproph made ,as I thought same thing , re . how many unwilling to admit Take Care and Stay Safe

  4. Scott says:

    I\’m sorry, but ANYTHING said or written by that miserable waste should just be translated as her chanting "penis, asshole, penis, asshole, penis, asshole" LOL!

  5. Kevin says:

    Hey Tink,
    Yep, Stacy Harp has quite the ego (and I think it is absolutely hilarious that she put up a post about being humble…)

  6. Kevin says:

    Hey GLB– 🙂  I have no comment on that…  🙂

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