A Janus Report estimated that nine percent of men and five percent of women had more than "occasional" homosexual relationships. The U. So who's right -- what percentage of the population is homosexual? It may be that no one will ever know for sure.
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F or a single statistic to be the primary propaganda weapon for a radical political movement is unusual. Kinsey did not believe that sexual identity was fixed and simply categorised, and perhaps his most lasting contribution was his scale, still used today, in which individuals are rated from exclusively heterosexual to exclusively homosexual on a scale of 0 to 6. He acknowledged that people could move on the scale during their lifetime, and indeed Kinsey himself is said to have moved from a 1 or 2 when younger to a 3 or 4 in middle age. This did not stop this figure being strongly disputed by conservatives, who were overjoyed when, in , the US National Survey of Men estimated that only 2. 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. Surveys started to distinguish between identity what sexual orientation you claim ; attraction who you find sexually attractive ; and behaviour whether you have had same-sex experiences. The numbers for each area turn out to be very different.
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Americans have grown more accepting of homosexuality in recent decades. But that clear trend has obscured other fascinating shifts in perceptions and attitudes. For one thing, Americans tend to greatly overestimate the percentage of the population that identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.