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07-30-2012, 01:30 AM
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The LGBT (GLBT?) voting bloc has a quantity problem, since the number of gays and lesbians runs at about 4% (a little under). This figure comes from a UCLA researcher, Gary Gates, who is gay and has come under fire from the GLBT/LGBT (whatever) community who are insisting the figure is 10%. (Gates is a demographer).
In order to get a 10% voting bloc, you have to add in bisexuals. (The number of transgendereds is small, and they are discriminated against even within the GLBT voting bloc.) Now, bisexuals, by definition, have either an attraction to or a sexual history with both genders. The problem is that distinguishing the real bisexuals from straight folks doing a little experimenting (for whatever reason) is difficult. So, when it suits the GLBT community, they'll take support from anyone who claims bisexuality and are happy to pump up the voting numbers to pressure lawmakers. Over half of that 10% number, then, is either true or marginal bisexuals (experimenting straights).
However, Rengerus takes that same logic and applies it to his research: anyone whose kid remembers mommy or daddy bumping bodies with a same sex lover counts as the child of a gay parent. Regnerus makes the assumption that gay or bisexual is just one category: "not straight". Of course, that's the same assumption the GLBT community makes when it wants to add people to the voting bloc and create a 10% figure.
Now, of course, the GLBT community is accusing Regnerus of junk science for his poor definition of "Gay parent". However, the GLBT community needs to be honest and stop counting marginal bisexuals (as opposed to true ones) and experimenting straights as part of the 10%.
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