Gay people are represented in all walks of life, across all nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, and in all social and economic groups. When interviewed, approximately 3. No one fully understands exactly what determines a person's sexual orientation, but it is likely explained by a variety of biological and genetic factors. When the AIDS epidemic began to claim the lives of so many gay and bisexual men in the s, however, many gay newspapers began to print obituaries. The small sample also might limit our ability to capture the heterogeneity present in this population.
Those who indicated having engaged in sexual intercourse were then questioned as to their total number of lifetime sexual partners.
They might wonder if they did something to cause their child to be gay — but they shouldn't. When I was 10, inI watched the first gay kiss on a British soap: Sexual orientation and risk factors for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among adolescents and young adults. How, therefore, can it be representative of the general population? World Health Organization;
But any gay person will tell you that when they were growing up, the lives they saw on screen informed them precisely about the kind of life they had to look forward to. And if their child is gay, it may bring a whole new set of questions and concerns. Most city newspapers include a section containing death notices for community residents. If we believed their numbers, we would set the ratio of gay men-to-lesbians at about 1. Omega, 29