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Study guide 2 - Stats for GLBT 5 of the male population and...

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Stats for GLBT 5% of the male population and approximately 4% of the female population claimed to have had sex with a same-sex partner since the age of eighteen, while almost 8% reported experiencing attraction to persons of their own sex Homosexual or bisexual identity of 9.2% for men and 2.6% for women among residents of the 12 largest American cities Between about 2% and 3% of the US population was gay and lesbian in 2000 Official Statistics o Gay: 2.5-3.8% of population o Lesbian: 1.3-1.9% of population o At least ¼: member of minority group Terms for GLBT Gay: refers to men who primarily have emotional and sexual attraction to men o Most commonly used term in contrast to the term straight Lesbian: women whose primary attraction is to women Bisexual: acknowledge sex feelings & behaviors Transgender: people who challenge, defy, play with, or consider themselves different from the culture’s categories of sex & gender, which limit acceptable gender expression to masculine behavior by biological males & feminine behavior by biological females o The words apply to both people’s identity and their behavior , and describe several distinct but related groups of people, many of whom identify themselves with a variety of other terms Sexual orientation vs. Sexual preference Sexual orientation: who one is sexually attracted to – men, women, or both Sexual preference: a person’s choice between heterosexuality and homosexuality Characteristics of people in rural areas Tend to be: o Older o Less frequently of minority background o Have less income o Experience more unemployment o More likely to live in poverty conditions Current definitions of rural Definition of rural : not a city or urban cluster o Urban cluster - an area with a density of at least 500 person per sq mile Correlations between disabilities and income, education, etc Lower income is associate with higher rates of disability o Individuals with lower earnings are less likely to have access to health care and may be more likely to be employed in high-risk jobs Mental retardation and other significant disabilities that impact individuals early in life may reduce access to higher education o At the same time the jobs that are open to those with lower educational levels are more likely to involve physical labor and/or risk of injury; those with lower education levels may be more likely to become disabled later in life
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