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Lilly the fish
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Just wondering...
The other day I heard that ten percent of people are not exclusively heterosexual. I was very surprised to hear about this statistic, as I thought it would be much smaller (around 3%). Is this an accurate statement? 10% of the overall population is quite a lot of people I reckon. Please help, I'm confused [Confused]

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It's very common for it to be stated that around 10% of us are homosexual or bisexual, and that figure has held for some time and is also pretty consistent with recent studies.

I'd actually say that figure is low, however. You need to bear in mind these figures are usually from self-reporting, yet many, many people are not out. A goodly number of people who identify as heterosexual have not been exclusively heterosexual in their lives, and many who ID as hetero also experience attraction to other genders/sexes.

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It's true.
1 out of every 10 people are in the queer community.
Whether they be gay, bi, trans, intersexed, etc...

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