A Very Vocal and Suprisingly Tiny Minority

SeleenaK_2011-10-21-14.38.17No, I’m not referring to transgender people.  We are an even smaller group and we’re far from vocal.

Survey numbers are in the news this morning regarding the number of people in the USA who identify as gay, lesbian or bi-sexual and they’re surprisingly low.   The latest data suggests that just under 2 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian.

We’ve been scammed again!  Haha!!

The goal of activists in any tiny minority is to make themselves appear more significant that they really are and it appears the gay rights community has done a fabulous job in this area.

According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 report “Same-sex couples accounted for 0.8% of all couples in 2011.” ~ 2011 Census of Population: families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling, collectives

While activists have been claiming, officially, that between 5 and 10 percent of Americans are gay/lesbian, they’ve somehow managed to get the public to exaggerate those numbers to the extreme.  Back in 2011, a Gallup poll found that Americans believe that as many as 25 percent of their fellow citizens are homosexual.  With all the attention same sex marriage has received in the last few years, I’m guessing that this percentage is even higher now.

It’s always been believed that the numbers of transgender people … from CD/TV’s to TS’s … has been small compared to gays/lesbians. So if the gay prevalence is really under 2 percent, the trans numbers are probably in the .2 range.  And that makes me feel special 🙂20140123_145610

While I do believe the number of transsexual folk is really that low, I firmly believe that the number of people who dress up somewhat regularly, to varying degrees and in public or private, is very high.  But we, as a group, often struggle with how to label ourselves when asked.  And many of us evolve, making labeling quite difficult.

Old joke: Question: What the  difference between a crossdresser and a transsexual?  Answer: about 5 years

There’s also a large segment of “us” who are now, and will always, remain totally invisible. There’s just no way a big burly guy, totally masculine to the outside world, is going to tell Gallup or any government census about his affinity for wearing women’s panties.

So there ya go.  A group who is so quick to demonize the financial one percent, mostly because they’re so small in number yet so large in relevance, has, in fact, acquired a whole lot of support and consideration, maybe not based on the notion that everyone deserves equal treatment but by making the demographic appear larger and more relevant than it is.

Success is success, I suppose.

Your thoughts?

7 thoughts on “A Very Vocal and Suprisingly Tiny Minority”

  1. The accuracy of number and statistics can only be true when it comes from a source and a society that is accepting.

    The fact that we can talk about statistics regarding the LGBT gives us a sense of acceptance at the same time we all know that most religious groups, several governmental groups and many corporations are far of being accepting of the LGBT groups and individuals identifying themselves as a part of the group. There has been many victories in the last 30 years, for instance being gay is no longer a disease that can be cured. At the same time there is a lot of work to be done for cross-dressers to be treated equally at work as well as in public places.

    There is hope since we can talk about it. Any numbers published regarding the LGBT will remain inaccurate for many years to come since there is still of work to do in being accepted socially for who we are regardless of the minority we identify with. Someday we will be just people, but until then we have stats to keep the conversation and evolution going.

    Liz love all.

  2. I also believe that the “under two percent” is inaccurate. The results of a survey are only ever going to be valid in proportion to the honesty of responents. Even then, despite their personal likes or attractions, some people still don’t believe they fit a gay/bi descriptor.

    Consider the number of men who trawl transgender web sites and chat rooms for cyber sex with trans women/t-girls yet who vocally proclaim that they are “straight”. It seems that in many of these cases the fact that they have not actually physically consumated a relationship with a trans person allows them to delude themselves into believing that they are still “straight”. Or, as one ‘male admirer’ once declared “I’m only ever a top, so of course I’m straight.”

    Another reason why I believe survey figures are skewed is that definitions vary from country to country. Thus cross dressing and transvestism can be considered the same thing or very different, depending on where you live.

    Same too with ‘transgender’. For some, crossing from one side of the gender binary to somewhere on the other side equates to trans-gender, yet for others only those who transition fully or at least live full time as the opposite gender can call themselves transgendered. So, am I transgendered, or just vestment-selective? Who knows.

    1. I totally agree that polls can be skewed regardless how ‘scientifically’ they’re conducted. If you have an agenda, you can always gather the numbers to support it.

      Regarding your gay/bi comments, Jane, I can only say this. I often go to a town in the US that has a huge gay population. I believe more than 50% of the residents there identify as gay/bi. And I sense absolutely NO attraction from anyone there towards girls like us.

      We have a penis (which is attractive to most gays) yet we present in a feminine way (which is not attractive to that same group).

      So is a person’s sexual preference driven by genitalia alone? I think not. Could it be that some are attracted to femininity regardless of genitalia? And if so, are they hetero or gay?

      Personally, I think there’s another ‘category’, and it leans more towards hetero. From my angle, it appears that gays are attracted to a male appearance, bi’s are attracted to either a male of female appearance and hetero’s are attracted to the look and feel of the opposite sex.

      Or let me put it this way. When we see someone who attracts us, it’s their overall appearance we find attractive. It’s not about genitals. And who we’re attracted to might be more of an indication of our sexual orientation than our genital preference. An example of this would be men who are attracted to t-girls yet are not interested in her penis. And yes .. they do exist 🙂

      Regarding the term “transgender”, your comment caused me to do some research. I was under the impression that the definition was clear albeit sometimes confused by the uninformed. It’s a blanket term to describe anyone who’s gender presentation or gender identity differs from the “sex” they were assigned at birth. But I was able to find one British dictionary out there who defines a transgender as a person who simply “wants to belong to the opposite sex”.

      There are self-professed experts on YouTube who use transsexual and transgender interchangeably, and there’s a chatroom out there (TG Talk) where everyone seems to do the same thing but I’ve always believed it’s a further attempt by those who consider themselves transsexual to marginalize those who do not. If they’re not “allowed” to call themselves transgender, then they must resort to disgusting words like shemale, sissy, crossdresser or transvestite or guy-in-a-dress. 🙂

      Thanks for educating me on this.

      1. Your reply highlights what I see as the difficulty with labels. Once it is applied a label sets boundaries. In the case of people those boundaries are defined by a person’s beliefs, understanding and sometimes even by fear.

        A friend of mine told me that she was “attracted to feminine appearance” and when later discussion included lesbians she added “even though I know they are genetically female I’m not attracted to them if they appear masculine.” I see that as a good example of what you mentioned in relation to sexuality and genitalia.

        I think that what I probably didn’t explain well in my comment is that I don’t feel a need to define or set boundaries for human attraction. We are attracted to whoever we are attracted to for whatever inner feelings and reasons we have. It’s when some people try to conform to definitions made by others that I think problems arise.

        I believe that I am transgendered, by most definitions of the word. As for a ‘correct’ sexuality label – that’d I’m not sure of, yet I do know who and what I am attracted to.

        I’d be a real pain for someone doing a survey, wouldn’t I?

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