After posting last week on the recently-released CDC study on HIV rates among MSM interviewed in 21 urban areas, one question someone asked in the comments if all studies were similarly "problematic." Whenever I see a study that states "X% of gay men believe..." I always wonder where they found their gay men to study and how they're defining "gay" for the purpose of that study. We are such a diverse group that normal means of finding LGBT people (going to gay bars, sending out cards with lesbian magazines, using a list of donors to LGBT orgs) just aren't going to get a broad enough range of the population to actually be worth much. (Michelle Marzullo addressed many of these issues in Bilerico's most read post ever.)
So enter this new study from Indiana University this week that had some interesting results. They did a good job of limiting the bias that comes with interviewing people on sexuality by finding a sample group representative of the population in terms of basic demographics and, even acknowledged the issues with studying teen sex patterns considering that only 3/5 parents consented to their teens responding to this survey (and probably the more open-minded 3/5, so the results get skewed).
The study found that 92.2% of adult men identified as straight, 4.2% as gay, 2.6% as bisexual, and 1% as "other." 93.1% of adult women identified as straight, 0.9% as lesbian, 3.6% as bisexual, and 2.3% as "other." I don't know exactly what "other" means (queer? omnisexual? asexual? don't know? refuse to answer?), but there were quite a few more people who have had sexual contact with members of the same sex than identified as LGB or other.