LGBT: How prevalent in your extended family?

It is hard to know how many L (lesbian) G (gay) B (Bi-sexual) T (transgender) people there really are out there -- percent-wise.  Supposed statistics range from 4 to 23%.

It is my observation that the younger generation -- particularly kids now in Jr. or St. high -- are much more open toward considering whether they are really Trans-gender.  

Like you, the confusion breaks my heart.  Many of us would attribute the rise in this to God's judgment upon the West -- in Romans 1 fashion.  We are being "turned over."

But let's get closer to home.  Considering your immediate family, children, grandchildren, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and their spouses -- how many LGBT people do you have in your extended family?  We don't want to go further down (to second cousins, cousins once removed, great-niece, etc).

You are welcome to comment, but you might want to be careful so you don't create conflict with family members.


As far as I know, I have no LGBT persons in my extended family.
63% (24 votes)
I have 1, (as far as I know).
29% (11 votes)
I have 2, (as far as I know).
8% (3 votes)
I have 3, (as far as I know).
0% (0 votes)
I have 4 or more, (as far as I know).
0% (0 votes)
I have relatives considering or experimenting in this area, but not confirmed LGBT.
0% (0 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 38
Forum Tags: 
1907 reads

There are 8 Comments

Ed Vasicek's picture

Thanks, Jim, for sharing.  At the same time, I see it around me a lot.  I have known a number of married couples where a spouse leaves his/her mate for someone of their won gender.  A heartbreak.

"The Midrash Detective"

Kevin Miller's picture

My son is gay and is currently engaged to his partner.

Kevin Miller's picture

Jim wrote:


Kevin Miller wrote:


My son is gay and is currently engaged to his partner.



sounds like this could be difficult

Well, we don't treat him any differently than we treat our other four children. I've heard of some parents who practically disown their child who comes out, and we would never do that.

dgszweda's picture

One interesting Gallup poll stated that Americans believe that 25% of the population is LGBT.  The reality is that it is closer to just 3%.  They stated that the reason why people think there is so many, is that the media coverage is so intensive.

Bert Perry's picture

Could be some who are closeted, but for my extended family, it's supposedly my step-sister's ex-husband. Even that I don't know for sure.  

As far as I can tell, there are a bunch of studies that don't have the basic Kinsey flaw--polling the sexual behavior of prison inmates, sailors, and such and extrapolating that to the population as a whole--and they're concentrated between 1.5% and 4%.  We might see somewhat higher among young people if the horrific toll AIDS has taken significantly shortens the lifespans of homosexuals.  Maybe 5% or so, and if environment is a factor--at least one twins study suggests it could be dominant--it could grow. 

Agreed as well that the homosexual (LGBxxxx. whatever it is today) lobby is powerful, and it's interesting because it's much smaller than the NRA or the Tea Parties, but they've got a lot of corporate executives doing their bidding.  I get that when it's Tim Cook, but otherwise, I'm thinking it's because a group with employment, inherently sterile relationships, and the threat of AIDS is going to have a shorter time preference and a fair amount of money to spend.  So that 4% of the population might have 10-15% of the income that can go to truly discretionary purchases (wild guess I admit).  So they're going to be able to "throw their weight around" in a way that a Tea Party mom with six kids is not.  

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.