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Ghaziani said we seem to be entering a “post-gay” era where gays are less likely to identify themselves by their sexuality and where so-called gaybourhoods are unraveling because the community is increasingly intermingling with the straight population.
Still, he cautioned that while gays are “disentangling gayness from militancy and struggle,” it would be a mistake to say Canada is void of discrimination.
University of British Columbia professor Amin Ghaziani said it is “terrific” that Canada has joined the U. in producing a more comprehensive snapshot of its gay community.“I think this survey will prove useful for demographers and anyone who is tracking public opinion on sexuality — on the relationship between knowing someone who is LGBT-identified and support for LGBT issues,” said Mr.
Ghaziani, an expert in the sociology of sexuality who is working on a book about gay neighbourhoods.
Asked whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, Liberal voters were least likely to say “yes,” at just 1%, whereas 3% of Conservative voters answered “yes.” Compare that to Canada’s three newer parties — the NDP, Green and Bloc — with rates ranging from 7% to 10%.
Conservative voters were by far the least supportive of same-sex marriage, with a 45.8% approval rate, while Liberals were behind them at 68.1%.
Arguably the most complex demographic captured in the Forum poll is lower-income Canadians: They are less likely to know someone who is gay or someone who is in a same-sex marriage, they are least likely to support same-sex marriage, but they are by far the most likely to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender themselves.
That could be a correlation with age because younger Canadians tend to earn less, and that group is less likely to know married people generally and are more likely to say they are gay. Ghaziani thinks another factor is at play: “Think of it this way, ‘In what types of industries are [lower-income Canadians] working?
And now is the time to measure it: people are less reluctant to answer the question, so we can actually ask it.”Statistics Canada says on its website it “has neither the definitive number of people whose sexual orientation is lesbian, gay, bisexual, nor the number of people who are transgender.” The statistical agency asked the question in 2009, but sociologists cautioned the rate is likely under-reported because some gays are suspicious of how the government will use the data or are offended Ottawa would even ask.That 2009 survey found 2% of Canadians aged 18-59 said they are gay, lesbian, or bisexual — a full 8% lower than the “one in 10” truism that has circulated since 1948, when American biologist Alfred Kinsey pronounced that 10% of all men are gay.