Something that\’s always interested me: just how many people do enjoy the fruitier flavours of human sexuality?
No, not because I\’m looking for a date, rather as a political question. For as we know, every political grouping (using \”politics\” in its wider sense) will deliberately over estimate the number who are, could, would or will be in their particular group in order to move their issue up the agenda.
For example, if the dreadful failures of the NHS to deal properly with transgender issues (if I\’ve successfully remembered the politically correct designation du jour) affects 50 people a year rather than 500,000 a year then it\’s going to be less of a political hot button, isn\’t it?
After all, the one thing we truly know about this universe is that we\’ve got, at any one time, limited resources to use to address all of the problems we face. Perhaps NHS resources should be directed to some childhood disease that kills hundreds a year? Our decision will be different if the transgender problem is that 50 or (for the purposes of argumentation only, ludicrously over estimated) 500,000.
So, how many of teh gays?
FEWER than half a million people in Britain are homosexual – a much smaller number than was thought, according to one of the biggest social surveys.
Just 1.5 per cent of the population describe themselves as either homosexual, lesbian or bisexual, well short of Government estimates of seven per cent.
Note that this has no implications at all for civil rights: those are both individual and inalienable (although we do have to keep reminding our Lords and Masters of that last part), meaning that how one desires to disport one\’s genitals has no effect on one\’s civil rights.
Anyway, by having actually tried to count we\’ve got an estimate, one which appears to be a great deal lower than the ones society (or at least the governance of it) is working on.
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of charity Stonewall, said: “This is the first time that people were asked and data collection happened on doorsteps or over the phone, which may deter people from giving accurate responses – particularly if someone isn’t openly gay at home.
“We’d expect to see these figures increase over time as people’s confidence in the survey grows and sexual orientation becomes a routine part of data collection.”
Nice try Ben but I have a feeling that your place on that political agenda just slipped a bit.