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Old 11-20-2007, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Mountain states such as New Mexico and Colorado now rate among the nation's "gayest" states, ranking 2nd and 9th in the concentration of same-sex couples. Utah, where President Bush received more than 70% of the vote in 2004, has moved from 38th in 1990 to 14th in the most recent rankings.

The bellwether state might be Utah. In 2005, Salt Lake City approved a benefits programs for lesbian and gay couples. Identifying openly as gay no longer represents an honor code violation at Brigham Young University. And, perhaps most striking, the state now has three openly gay state legislators. That's one more then the US Congress. Shades of purple?


Top 10 states
The data, from the 2006 American Community Survey, reflects the number of same-sex couple households per 1,000 households by state.
1 Vermont 9.71
2 New Mexico 9.03
3 Massachusetts 8.99
4 Washington 8.94
5 Oregon 8.83
6 New Hampshire 8.73
7 Maine 8.57
8 California 8.50
9 Colorado 7.79
10 Rhode Island 7.63

Top 10 cities
The data, from the 2006 American Community Survey, reflects the number of same-sex couple households per 1,000 households in the top 50 most populous cities.
1 San Francisco 28.72
2 Seattle 21.27
3 Minneapolis 18.68
4 Portland 16.945
5 Sacramento 16.36
6 Oakland 15.62
7 Boston 14.72
8 Washington 13.49
9 Atlanta 13.32
10 Long Beach 12.80

National change
Same-sex couples per 1,000 households: 1990 1.56
2000 5.61
2006 6.79
http://www.law.ucla.edu/williamsinstitute/publications/ACSBriefFinal.pdf (broken link)
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:34 PM
 
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Sorry, I find the headline very ironic. Gay population "booming". Gay couples don't reproduce with each other. Where are all the new gays coming from? Could it be that its not genetic?
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Sorry, I find the headline very ironic. Gay population "booming". Gay couples don't reproduce with each other. Where are all the new gays coming from? Could it be that its not genetic?
LOL...I guess I should have titled it differently. More gays are coming out of the closet I think is a more fitting description.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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I think that would be more accurate. Although its still not something all gays would feel comfortable with, most are comfortable with being open about it compared to only a small percentage a couple of decades ago.
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I think that would be more accurate. Although its still not something all gays would feel comfortable with, most are comfortable with being open about it compared to only a small percentage a couple of decades ago.
Unfortunately,
this is nearly impossible to count accurately due to social stigma.
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:25 PM
 
Location: California
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Take that Mormons! LOL!
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Take that Mormons! LOL!
Interesting cause as of late, this most conservative of Churches seems to be not totally up in arms over the issue of homosexuality(at least, not like the past)

1. The Church recently released a statement specifically to gay people proclaming that God loves all his children regardless of sexual orientation. The spokesperson who made the announcement even stated that this is a "step in the right direction".

2. Above is a snippet from BYU, the nation's largest private university. The school no longer considers being openly gay a violation of its honor code. That is huge to those of us with an intimate knowledge of the church. I never thought Id come across news like this-not in my lifetime anyway.

Not that its San Francisco, but Im highly impressed.
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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Sorry, I find the headline very ironic. Gay population "booming". Gay couples don't reproduce with each other. Where are all the new gays coming from? Could it be that its not genetic?

Well, actually, throughout much of history homosexuals were still forced by societal and family pressures to marry and have kids. So, the argument that homosexuals "don't reproduce" isn't quite right. They have, and, get this: they still do!

Be it a gay that got married, had kids, then came out later in life and moved in with a same-sex partner, or instances in which lesbians (who very easily have kids by going to the local sperm bank) have kids, or instances where gays and lesbians have kids together.

In the coming years you will see more and more gays and lesbians having children, as the desire to reproduce and have a family is not dependent on your sexual attraction. As we know, in humans, reproduction and sex for pleasure are mutually exclusive.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:51 PM
 
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In the coming years you will see more and more gays and lesbians having children, as the desire to reproduce and have a family is not dependent on your sexual attraction. As we know, in humans, reproduction and sex for pleasure are mutually exclusive.
Homosexuals cannot reproduce, atleast not with each other. . .

The homosexual population may be "booming" because it is more accepted and many people consider it an "alternative lifestyle" instead of an abberant behavior.
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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I for one am happy to hear that the gay population is spreading out, that they are feeling more comfortable and are able to live life openly, something we all take for granted AND if they want to do it in Utah, then more power to them.
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