12/12/2005

Brit Govt Officially Tallies Gay Population

The British government in a series of studies over the past 15 years, now believe they have a handle on a fairly accurate figure for their gay population: 3.6 million (that's approx. 6% BTW).

"This is a significant moment,'' Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of Stonewall, told the newspaper. "For the first time the government has robustly acknowledged the existence of a substantial number of gay people in Britain. This is welcome and long overdue.

4 Comments:

At 21:01, Blogger Tonito Bandito said...

Callie:

I have to differ with the 6% myself. I put it at least at the 10% that the US gay groups put it but more like 15%. There is at least 5% of the population who refuse to admit it at all costs. Just my .02! What do ya think?

 
At 16:26, Blogger dorsano said...

Callie, this is off topic, but I wanted to defend Wisconsin. :)

Here's something about Robert La Follette. La Follette was first elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican actually. He was a champion of organized labor and he was one of the reformist Republicans that helped usher in the progressive era which brought us social security and a woman's right to vote among other things.

That spirit still exists in Wisconsin. Tom Petri, another Republican, has spent most of his career trying to advance direct lending (for student loans) which the libertarians leading the GOP around by the nose today consider to be "socialist".

And Wisconsin has also given us Russ Feingold. Feingold is a maverick and is not afraid to speak truth to power.

Here's a picture of 100,000 new Democrats in Madison, WI. The only thing they are lacking is leadership.

 
At 08:47, Blogger RedStateExile said...

Tonito-

I'm sure the numbers probably vary depending on how the question is asked. Not everyone who is gay accept the labels associated with them, but they are definitely in same-sex relationships. What I was reading didn't address this issue, but having spent a lot of time doing research and surveys I know one word can change results tremendously.

So, sure, the numbers could be higher or lower depending on how you look at the terminology.

 
At 08:53, Blogger RedStateExile said...

Dorsano-

I'm sure WI has some good in it. Every state has some good in it. In spite of my moniker, I believe we all really more purple than red or blue. I know it would shock the hell out of some folks to know there are bits and pieces of me that are conservative (eeekkkk-don't say the "C" word!). ;)

Just like here in TN, we have some wonderfully progressive areas and people. Then we have some real "Deliverance" country areas. I've been there and trust me...until you get "the look"...OMG, you have no idea what kind of evil and empty souls exist in the world. I come back to "my part" of the state and it's like I can finally breath a little better.

Not perfectly...but better.

 

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