Researchers have found that public opinion polls may collect inaccurate data on two points: how many people are LGBT, and how many people harbor anti-LGBT feelings.
In a new study, researchers from Ohio State University and Boston University used a technique of information-gathering called “Veiled Report” that makes it virtually impossible for a respondent’s identity to be connected to their answer. They compared this technique to a traditional method of surveying, which does not have the same assurance of complete confidentiality. Here’s how that affected their results:
Using “Veiled Report,” the researchers found that 19% of respondents reported an identity other than heterosexual, compared to 11% in a control group polled using conventional survey techniques. The latter, which the researchers called “Direct Report,” still afford a high degree of confidentiality and anonymity, but there is a greater chance or connecting respondents with answers than in “Veiled Report.”
Also, 27% of respondents in the “Veiled Report” group reported they’ve had a same-sex sexual experience, while 17% in the control group did.
In the realm of antigay attitudes, the “Veiled Report” method found larger percentages of respondents opposed to marriage equality, antidiscrimination laws, working for a gay supervisor, and allowing gays and lesbians to adopt children than the “Direct Report” method did.
Interesting and kind of scary.
2. when school starts and you want to jump rope instead of play kickball, be careful not to trip and hurt your knees.
3. if you grow up and a boy makes your heart hurt, you do not have to be ashamed.
4. if you fall in love with a girl
who wears the same clothes
as you, it will be easy for me to buy you both presents.
5. if I teach you anything, I will teach you to be gentle.
6. you are not Atlas and the world
is not a burden for you to carry.
7. if you do not like your body, if you feel like you were put inside the wrong one, I will stand by and watch you become again.
8. because we are human beings and we do not always have to
take what we are given.
9. I will love you constantly, fervently, always.
10. I will teach you the value of
the word “no” so that, when you hear it, you do not question it.
11. when the war comes
and you want to fight, I will
sleep with clenched fists until you come home to me.
12. when the war comes and you don’t want to go, I will sleep soundly.
13. you are allowed to be soft. you are allowed to break and bend. you do not have to be strong. you do not have to be a soldier."