International Academic Journal of Social Sciences

  • ISSN 2454-3918

How many individuals are LGBT? A case study of adults in Nishapur

Emad Khalili

Abstract: Increasing numbers of population-based surveys across the world include questions that allow for an estimate of the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population. This research brief discusses challenges associated with collecting better information about the LGBT community and reviews eleven recent US and international surveys that ask sexual orientation or gender identity questions. The brief concludes with estimates of the size of the LGBT population in Nishapur.Nishapur is one of important cities in KhorasanRazavi province in Iran. This city is selected for research because this is researcher hometown. Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender are not free to live in a manner they want to in Nishapur like other cities in Iran. In Iran everyone must to live as a heterosexual. In other words, heterosexuality is an obligatory sexual orientation identity for everyone in Iran. But what about LGBTs? Increasing numbers of population-based surveys across the world proved LGBTs are real and they exist in every society. They are real like heterosexuals in every society. In this article, researcher tried measure the LGBTs among adult men and women in his hometown- Nishapur-.

Keywords: LGBT, Nishapur, LGBTs in Iran, homosexuality, heterosexuality, bisexuality

Page: 34-47

Volume 3, Issue 1, 2016