Researchers say that more data is needed about LGBT students.
Much has been written about the growing number of older people in this country, as well as the incremental shift in favorable policies and attitudes toward certain segments of the LGBT population. However, less public attention has been placed on how LGBT people experience aging, beginning in midlife all the way through later life.
As we age, each of us will need to ask for support. But if we're LGBT, the type of institutional support we receive will rely largely on questions that have already been asked about us. If we're denied data to craft relevant health interventions, we will perish off-screen in droves, measured only by the shallowest of statistics.
If we count people who are in the closet or "discordant," then sure, that boosts our numbers, but to what end? Why do we need to know how many of us there are? Is the implication that if there are more of us, then we are more deserving of rights?
Dr. Gary Gates has reported that 50 percent of people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual identify as bisexual. He's also reported that 3.5 percent of the U.S. adult population identifies as LGB. Detractors seem to feel that the latter percentage is too low and the former too high.
University of Minnesota professor Greg Remafedi has gone on record complaining that the American College of Pediatricians, a sham group camouflaging religious right distortions as legitimate research, distorted his work.