The williams institute at the ucla school of law, a sexual orientation law and public policy think tank, estimates that 9 million (about 3. 8) of americans identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (2011). In his 1948 book, sexual behavior in the human male, alfred kinsey shocked the world by announcing that 10 of the male population is gay. A 1993 janus report estimated that nine percent of men and five percent of women had more than occasional homosexual relationships. To some people, homosexuality is a matter of perception and definition. Straight, gay or bi? Same-sex attraction doesnt necessarily mean you identify as homosexual or even bisexual. A percentage of both men and women who identify as being heterosexual also agree to being somewhat attracted to the same sex. Gallup has seen the percentage of self-identifying lgbt people grow among millennials, who are making up an increasing share of the u. It is, therefore, possible that americans perceptions of the gay population may be influenced by the greater representation they see among young people. Here he reveals how kinseys contested claim that 10 of us are gay is actually close to the mark. The percentage for women between 16 and 24 jumps nearly fourfold. Percentage of gay couple households, by race of householder u. How gay are you? Finally, an answer to the question thats been puzzling you all this time. the american cities with the highest gay populations are new york city with 272,493, los angeles with 154,270, chicago with 114,449, and san francisco with 94,234, as estimated by the williams institute in 2006. However, one is much more likely to encounter gay residents in san francisco, seattle, atlanta, minneapolis, and boston as a higher percentage of those cities residents are gay or.