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Apr 02, 2007 Quickie Link: Strength In Numbers --by Deb Price
By Kyleovision

If you want to begin to understand the influence of data miner Gary Gates, go to the Google search engine and type in "65,000 + gay." Oodles and oodles of news stories, press releases and commentaries will pop up, citing 65,000 as the estimated number of gay men and lesbians now serving in the U.S. military.

That's just one of the powerful numbers Gates has calculated by weaving together results from the growing volume of surveys that include a gay question or two.

We gay people have always sensed that we're everywhere, but we've lacked the numbers to prove it. Now, as a senior research at the Williams Institute, a progressive think tank at the University of California at Los Angeles, Gates is filling in the blanks.

The rest of the story is in the Detroit News

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