Then you'd be counting bisexuals who don't identify as gay, and you'd be failing to count gay people who aren't sexually active.
Originally Posted by sec
In other words, counting the number of people who have engaged in same-sex behavior is a much broader category and a different thing from counting those who experience an enduring same-sex attraction. The latter can only be counted by self-identifying.
Similarly, counting the number of people involved in a same-sex relationship is different from counting the number of people in a same-sex relationship whose feelings of attraction are primarily directed toward the same-sex. "Same-sex couples" include combinations of gay/gay, gay/bisexual, and bisexual/bisexual couples. The state of experiencing attraction that is not enduringly differentiated very strongly toward one sex as compared to the other doesn't mean a person must be in a relationship with members of both sexes.
Final observation: I'm not sure why it matters what the percentage is. I would posit as true that what one counts would be tied to the purpose of counting, and using that count to make observations beyond the original purpose of the count is automatically suspect.
Last edited by Perriquine; Jun 22 2012 at 08:49 AM.
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