Our Site Visitors – Some Thoughts About Results Of Our Poll
Results as of November 23,2010
You can find the poll on this page.
One of our polls asks our visitors to identify themselves in terms of sexual orientation. The
choices we offer are (in the order in which they have been chosen):
- Bi Curious
- Straight but curious
Given the nature and the name of the website (99gay-men.us), it is not suprising that more of our visitors
identify themselves as gay (43%) than any other option. However those who identify as straight but
curious and bi curious make up a combined total of 26% of our visitors, a number that is slightly larger than
bisexual visitors. I think that this may be because there is not a great deal of information out there about
people who are somewhat attracted to same-sex exploration but have not yet taken the plunge. We do offer some
thoughts pertaining to that, although not with a great deal of insight.
Straight visitors make of 7% of our visitors. I suspect that many of these people are newly interested in
reading out gay issues. It may be that current social issues of gay marriage of the proposed repeal of DADT
have stimulated interest among heterosexuals in all things gay. More like is that these straight people have
recently learned that someone important to them is gay, and they wish to learn more about gay life and
issues. Perhaps, for example they might want to help a friend through the coming out process.
Only 6% identify as queer, which is something of an “in-your-face” activist label. The term was much more
popular during the early days of the gay rights era and within the AIDS activist community. Perhaps the
surprisingly low number here is a function of most common people interested in gay civil rights take an approach
that is more toward integration with the mainstream society, thus “gay” is a more comfortable term.
Not one person who identifies as transexual participated in this poll. I am disappointed in that. We
do review some films that would be of interest to the transexual population, and there is also some overlap in
other areas, such as coming out.