Study that Claimed 5% of Students Were Gay was Based on Student Prank

More than 70 percent of the self-reported homosexuals had gone "straight


There's nothing like rigorous research to establish the facts. Especially when it comes to sexual orientation.

There was the Kinsey Report which had worse methodology than a Geocities page by a Portuguese 9/11 Truther who thinks the World Trade Center was in Taiwan. But if you've seen a 5-7 percent figure quoted for the percentage of gay students, then this is where it came from.

Preliminary results from the landmark study -- known as "Add Health" -- stunned researchers, parents and educators alike, recalls Cornell's Ritch C. Savin-Williams, professor of human development, licensed clinical psychologist, author and director of the university's Sex and Gender Lab.

The landmark study was cited across academia, spawning over 1900 peer-reviewed publications, and became one of the largest longitudinal surveys on the psychological and physical well being of 7-12th graders.

Previous estimates of homosexuality and bisexuality among high schoolers had been around 1 percent. So imagine the surprise and confusion when subsequent revisits to the same research subjects found more than 70 percent of the self-reported adolescent nonheterosexuals had somehow gone "straight" as older teens and young adults.

Surprisingly, when given a chance to prank a research, 5-7 percent of students chose to do just that. There are various interpretations of these findings.

The most controversial one would be that the 70 percent may have thought that they were gay, but weren't actually. This is a dangerous idea because it destroys the gay rights lobby claim that sexual orientation change therapies should be banned because they don't work.

It's easier to put it down to a prank, which it may well have been considering this...

"We should have known something was amiss," Savin-Williams said. "One clue was that most of the kids who first claimed to have artificial limbs miraculously regrew arms and legs when researchers came back to interview them."

Really? None of the researchers realized that they didn't back when they were interviewing them?

Either way studies about human sexuality should be trusted about as far as you can throw them after first making a paper airplane out of them.

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