Sexual Orientation Definitions
How many people are gay, straight, or bi?
many people are gay
, or bi?
categories are meaningless
Kinsey’s continuum from exclusive heterosexuality
to exclusive homosexuality
NSFG & NHSLS surveys (adjusted to allow for concealment)
about 90% of men and 90% of women
are exclusively heterosexual
about 10% of men and 10% of women have had at least one same gender
sexual experience in adulthood
about 2% of men and 1% of women
are exclusively homosexual
about 1.8% of men and 2.8% of women
claim bisexual identity
Women are more likely to be bisexual and less likely to be exclusively homosexual than men.
Among both heterosexuals &
, women show more flexibility or change over time in their sexual orientation (sexual fluidity).
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