Survey met with skepticism as estimate goes far beyond all previous assessments
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The LGBT advocacy organization GLAAD, touting an online poll it claims shows a stunning 20 percent of American millennials aged 18-34 “identify as LGBTQ,” is warning on its website that the Trump administration “is erasing the LGBTQ community from the USA.”
The organization said its third annual Accelerating Acceptance report also noted an increase in acceptance of LGBTQ lifestyles in 2015, citing that year’s controversial 5-4 Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage.
But the organization lamented that such headway was not as evident in 2016, when progress “slowed.”
Activists such as Dan Avery at LGBT entertainment website NewNowNext praised the report, hailing it as a harbinger of “a new openness about sexual orientation and gender identity.”
But others were more skeptical of the results, which came from “among 2,037 adults ages 18 and older, including 1,708 adults who self-identified as heterosexual.” The poll was conducted online – generally considered unscientific from the get-go – and no details were provided regarding how people were selected to participate.
Matt Philbin of the Media Research Center’s Newsbusters taunted those reporting the results from GLAAD and Harris Polling, with “BREAKING: Younger people are more susceptible to stupid trendiness.”
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“That’s if you believe a new study from Harris Polling and GLAAD, the speech police for all things gay. The online survey of 2,037 purports to show that one in five millennials swims in the LGBTQ (and sometimes Y) alphabet soup.”
Philbin added: “As you might have suspected, the results aren’t exactly super-scientific, given the methodology can’t even provide a margin of error. But only a cynic doesn’t trust the veracity of all online interactions. (Sadly, the study doesn’t tell us how many nephews of deposed Nigerian oil ministers identify as gender-fluid, but we suspect fewer are checking the M/F box on the forms giving them access to your savings account.)”
The report says 20 percent of those 18-34 “identify as LGBTQ,” as do 12 percent of those 35-51, 7 percent of those 52-71, and 5 percent of those 72 and older.
That would make 12 percent of the total population LGBTQ.
However, according to Gallup, a 2000 census found less than 1 percent of American households were homosexual. And a contemporaneous Family Research Report said “around 2-3 percent of men, and 2 percent of women, are homosexual or bisexual.”
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates homosexuals comprise 3 to 8 percent of both sexes, the report said.
And Alfred Kinsey, the notorious “father of the sexual revolution” who openly encouraged adult-child sex, claimed 10 percent of the male population in the 1950s was “gay.” But Kinsey’s stat has been so definitively debunked that even LGBT advocates no longer cite it.
An update from just a few years ago by Gallup reported that only 3.8 percent of the adult population identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, from a random sample survey of adults ages 18 and up from all 50 states and D.C., a result that had a margin of error of four percentage points.
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