Loyal readers of GayRVA have probably noticed our severely out-of-date poll on the left side of your screen. Well we finally got around to updating it and we are asking LGBTQ folks in the are “how out are you?”
The number of people who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum is pretty hard to nail down - Alfred Kinsey made headlines in 1948 with his book, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, where he claimed at least 10% of the male population was gay.
More recent polls have put that percentage all over the place with the 2000 Census putting that number around 1% for all American households. A 2002 poll from Gallop had responders guess how many people they thought were gay and that number was around 20% (WE WISH!).
Either way, as many members of the community will tell you, those who publicly self-identify, or are willing to talk about it publicly, can be surprisingly small. Or their level of “outness” depends on the circumstances they are in – they’re not out at work, but they’re out to friends. Maybe they’re out to friends and work but not family.
So where do you fall on the “out” spectrum? Check your answer below and we’ll come back to the numbers in a few weeks and see what we’ve found and what that means.