Atlanta, Georgia (The Adobo Chronicles) – While more and more states are recognizing same-sex marriage, a new government study has revealed a very disturbing trend: the U.S. gay population is shrinking!
Based on 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control, 96.6% of U.S. adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. The remaining 1.1% of adults identified as ‘‘something else,’’ stated ‘‘I don’t know the answer,’’ or refused to provide an answer.
The numbers are significantly lower than the decades-long statistics generally used to estimate the number of gay men and women, based on internationally-recognized theories by Alfred Kinsey, an American biologist and sexologist who is one of the authors of the Kinsey Reports. Parts of the Kinsey Reports regarding diversity in sexual orientation are frequently used to support the common estimate of 10% for homosexuality in the general population.
As a result of the new study, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBT national advocacy organization, has announced that it was cutting its staff by 7% and reducing its annual operating budget by almost half. “With lesser gay men and women, it simply makes sense for us to scale down our programs and operations, ” an HRC spokesperson said.
Many LGBT Americans were relieved by the HRC announcement, saying that it is about time they received less mails and emails from HRC asking for contributions and donations.