COME OUT AND BE COUNTED
A London research company specialising in the gay and lesbian market
are organising the UK's first ever census of the gay community.|
It's said to
be the largest survey ever of any lesbian and gay population in the world and it's
being undertaken throughout this year.
Unlike the national census, though,
it's not compulsory and you can't be fined for not taking part. Mike Tinson,
Managing Director of London-based ID Research, says it's very important that as
many gay people as possible take part.
"Currently there is very little existing data about gay men, and virtually nothing about
lesbians. The consequences of having no or little data are devastating. Statistics
inform every area of life, from health services, legislation, local authorities and
commerce." says Mike.
The results will be published in a free general report which will undoubtedly make
fascinating reading as the 120 questions in the census form cover every aspect of
gay life including discrimination, health and education. Though ID Research promise
complete confidentiality, you don't have to give your name and address unless you
want to be entered in a £1000 Prize Draw. It's plain though that lots of the data will
be useful to commercial and other organisations who want to know more about makes gay
The results are bound to make a lot of impact, so it's important to make the
survey as representative as possible. If you want to take part call ID Research
at 020 7864 1306 to get a copy of the form or
e-mail them with your name, sex,
full address, postcode and, if you want, telephone number.