Matthew Parris. Long-suffering Spectator readers deserve a seasonal break from yet another Remoaner diatribe from me. Instead, I turn to sex. There is little time left for me to write about sex as the thoughts of a septuagenarian on this subject I turn 70 this year may soon meet only a shudder.
Gallup has released new findings every Thursday in June. Gallup's trends, including some extending back four decades, can be found here. Gallup has previously found that Americans have greatly overestimated the U. Americans' estimate of the proportion of gay people in the U. In , Gallup asked Americans to estimate the proportion of men and women who are gay or lesbian, respectively. As Gallup pointed out in its initial estimate of the entire LGBT population in , "Exactly who makes up the LGBT community and how this group should be measured is a subject of some debate," and "there are a number of ways to measure lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientation, and transgender status.
This article is about the history of gay men in the United States. For lesbians, please see History of lesbianism in the United States. Two-spirit is a modern umbrella term used by some indigenous North Americans for Gender variant individuals in their communities. The presence of male two-spirits existed before European contact, and "was a fundamental institution among most tribal peoples".
Yet surveying the various panel discussions left me confused. Gay people were once policed as criminal subversives, depicted in the popular culture as deviants, and pathologized by the medical establishment as mentally ill. Now most of America views homosexuality as benign. Only 30 years ago, 57 percent of Americans believed consensual gay sex should be illegal.