No, 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 🙂
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.