I was just trying to get some comparison data on sexual preferences and gender identity from the GSS [the 1998 General Social Survey Codebook — which, ostensibly, is the best data out there].
In total there are only 8 questions [that I've been able to find] that deal with sexual preference [specifically, homosexuality]. There were no questions that dealt with gender identity.
How can I compare this?
- There are 76 questions/datasets that deal with one's political affiliations and opinions.
- There are over 200 questions/datasets that deal with one's religious affiliations and opinions.
- There are 152 questions/datasets that deal with one's involvement in volunteer organizations.
- There are 13 questions/datasets that deal with one's knowledge of/opinions on genetic testing.
- Have your sex partners in the last 12 months been exclusively male, both male and female, exclusively female, n/a?
- Have your sex partners in the last five years been exclusively male, both male and female, exclusively female, n/a? [Query: if one had one partner for the past five years that was intersexed or transsexed would one have chosen n/a?]
- Do you think being homosexual is something people choose to be, or do you think it is something they cannot change?
- What about sexual relations between two adults of the same sex--do you think it is always wrong, almost always wrong, wrong only sometimes, or not wrong at all?
—and a separate dataset with the same question—
And what about sexual relations between two adults of the same sex, is it . . .
- Suppose this admitted homosexual wanted to make a speech in your community. Should he be allowed to speak, or not?
- Should such a person be allowed to teach in a college or university, or not?
- If some people in your community suggested that a book he wrote in favor of homosexuality should be taken out of your public library, would you favor removing this book, or not?
I've known for a while that marketing research firms have better data, but that because it's proprietary there's no public access to it, but I had no idea how limited the GSS data is in this regard.
And another thing: out of 38,116 respondents, there are no transgendered [intergendered/intersexed/transsexed] persons. Why? Because there are only two gender choices [male(1) and female(2)] there isn't even a n/a. Apparently persons who do not cleanly fit into those categories do no exist.