BOX 5-1 NCHS Sexual Identity Questions

Do you think of yourself as…?

Lesbian or gay

Straight, that is, not gay

Bisexual

Something else

Don’t know

By Something Else, do you mean that…?

You are not straight, but identify with another label such as queer, trisexual, omnisexual, or pan-sexual

You are transgender or transsexual

You have not or are in the process of figuring out your sexuality

You do not think of yourself as having a sexuality

You personally reject all labels of yourself

You made a mistake and did not mean to pick this answer

You mean something else What do you mean by something else? __________________________

By Don’t Know, do you mean that…?

You don’t understand the words

You understand the words, but you have not or are in the process of figuring out your sexuality

You mean something else What do you mean by something else? __________________________

SOURCE: Miller presentation.

In the first CHIS cycle in 2001, the survey asked two sexual identity questions of adults under age 65. The first was a yes-or-no question: Are you gay, lesbian, or bisexual? The word lesbian was omitted if the respondent was male. If yes, the second question clarified the answer to the first



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