by Leah Waldron
In 2011, the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law reported that a mere 3.5 percent of America’s 18- to 44-year-old population was gay, lesbian, or bisexual. If we compare this to the total population of the United States for the same year (311 million, per the 2011 census), there were approximately 10.8 million of us walking around in 2011, gay as you please.
But “10.8 million” is a hard number to get one’s gay, lesbian or bisexual ahead around. To put this in perspective, I decided to look at the population estimates for other groups in the U.S., and what I found was surprising. Not only do we outnumber other subsets of the population, our entire identity as a negligible minority—a political mirage—can be called into question.