Does this mean that, if Americans—and members of the religious right in particular—were better informed on the actual size of the gay population, they may feel less threatened, and be more supportive of public policies aimed at ensuring equal rights? In the survey, "higher estimates of the gay population are associated with less support for equality," the researchers write. Four studies of American men over a 20 year period found the frequency of at least some same-gender sex by men in the last 12 months to be 1. Developing common methods of counting GBMSM, especially the use of central data collection with consistent approaches, provides an additional data source that is directly comparable across settings. Male respondents tend to give lower estimates of both the male and female homosexual population than female respondents do. While there are biases in this approach, these data reinforce the need for multiple methods to be used to count the number of GBMSM especially in more stigmatizing settings to better inform mathematical models and the scale of HIV program coverage. Margins of error for population subgroups are larger depending on sample size.
The issue was recently launched back into the news with The New York Times' decision to include commitment ceremony announcements for gay and lesbian partners along with its traditional wedding announcements in its Sunday paper.
When it became necessary to predict what would happen to the Aids epidemic, it was vital to find out what people actually did with each other. More women identified as lesbian or bisexual than in — Sexual orientation explored: The demographics of sexual orientation vary significantly, and estimates for the LGBT population are subject to controversy and ensuing debates.
History might provide some explanation: