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Sam Moorcroft,

There was a TIME magazine-commissioned study on sexuality that came out around 10-15 years ago or so (can't recall exactly when - does anyone know?). It was the most comprehensive study since McKinsey in the 40's & 50's. It found that the percentage of exclusively gay men and women in the general population in the US was around 1%, with a further 1-2% expressing (or had expressed at some point) feelings, and/or had participated in some form of sexual contact, towards their own gender.

Needless to say, this report didn't jive with the "accepted" figure of 10% (which itself was based on a completely non-statistical study using prisoners and hitch-hikers as subjects). So, the TIME study wasn't quoted widely and has largely been forgotten and/or ignored.

It's not surprising, therefore, that this ONS stufy found 1% (assuming the UK and US are similar in make-up). Perhaps it is twice that, but certainly not the bandied-about 10% figure.

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