However, homosexuality is still considered taboo in many sports. Tatchell drew a comparison between rugby and football. \”It is interesting that a couple of rugby and ex-rugby players have come out in recent years but still not a single professional football player,\” Tatchell said. \”However, given there are 500 professional football players, statistically about 50 of them are probably gay or bisexual yet none have felt able to be open about their sexuality.
I know that this is an oft used number, that 10% of the male population is gay, but I\’m not sure that it\’s right.
Looking at actual evidence it seems to be much lower than that.
Somewhere between 3 and 5 % who have ever had a male (ie, same sex) sexual partner. And more like 2 or 3% who have had more than two (a reasonable enough distinction to make between experimentation and \”being gay or bisexual\”).
So where does the 10% number come from? Are we to assume that one in twnty men are so repressed that they\’ve never actually had the sex they desire? Or so repressed that they don\’t know? Or is the 10% number simply an attempt to big up the numbers so as to make it less of a minority sport?