The Office of National Statistics proved this week that number crunchers should forever keep their noses out of trying to put a number on how many gay people in the UK. Their Integrated Household Survey asked 230,000 people over the phone various questions, including ‘pioneering’ and ‘experimental’ ones about respondents sexuality. And the results are that barely 1.5% of the British population are LGB, there’s just 750,000 gays, lesbians and bisexuals living in Britain. This the tax payer funded ONS paraded this figure around the media, yes with a straight face.
Predictably, the Daily Mail
used this ammunition to pound away at equal citizenship for LGBT people.
“The figure explodes the assumption - long promoted by social experts and lobbyists - that the number is up to ten times higher than this at one in ten…The number is far lower than the estimate used as a basis for the distribution of millions of pounds in public money to sexual equality causes.”
Journalists across the county failed to put this figure under even the most basic scrutiny, swallowing it whole. The Herald proclaimed just one in one hundred Scots were gay, the BBC News website trumpeted that the countries gay population had finally been revealed, and a Conservative MP Philip Davies said: “An awful lot of focus in diversity issues is given to people’s sexual preference and this difference is not as widespread as believed.”
But lets put this figure under proper scrutiny, despite no mainstream media doing so. If only 750,000 Brits are gay, why are there 2.2 million British profiles on Gaydar and Gaydar Girls? Thats 6.7% of the population who are members of just one gay dating website. 2.2 million is our baseline figure, we know that there are at least this many LGBT people in the UK, but Gaydar, despite its popularity, does not represent 100% of the gay population. There are the people who are on other dating and social networking websites other than Gaydar, and there are all those people, an uncountable number, of LGBT people, who simply aren’t on any gay website. Some maybe in relationships, some may not have access to the Internet, some may simply just not want to have an online profile.
Even if Gaydar has around half of all British LGBT people as members, that means that gay people account for about 13 – 15% of the population, even higher that the usual prediction of 10%.
When 2.2 million Brits are members of just one gay dating website, the fact that the ONS can say with a straight face that there are only 750,000 gay people is woefully ignorant, incompetent and coupled with journalistic naivety, downright dangerous.
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