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Demographics of the Gay and Lesbian Population in the United States: Evidence from Available Systematic Data Sources

Overview of attention for article published in Demography, May 2000
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Demographics of the Gay and Lesbian Population in the United States: Evidence from Available Systematic Data Sources
Published in
Demography, May 2000
DOI 10.2307/2648117
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Dan Black, Gary Gates, Seth Sanders, Lowell Taylor


This work provides an overview of standard social science data sources that now allow some systematic study of the gay and lesbian population in the United States. For each data source, we consider how sexual orientation can be defined, and we note the potential sample sizes. We give special attention to the important problem of measurement error, especially the extent to which individuals recorded as gay and lesbian are indeed recorded correctly. Our concern is that because gays and lesbians constitute a relatively small fraction of the population, modest measurement problems could lead to serious errors in inference. In examining gays and lesbians in multiple data sets we also achieve a second objective: We provide a set of statistics about this population that is relevant to several current policy debates.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 8%
Germany 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Unknown 119 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 39 29%
Researcher 23 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 17 13%
Student > Master 13 10%
Student > Bachelor 10 8%
Other 31 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 72 54%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 18 14%
Psychology 16 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 5%
Unspecified 6 5%
Other 15 11%

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