I wrote an article a little while back about all the gays I notice all the time out about town.
There are also many “Ladyboys” who dress and present themselves as women. Some of these “ladyboys” are quite pretty and at times it is not that obvious they are not a woman.
About the percentage, I do not think any country or region in the world would have more or less homosexuals unless they all move to that location. As for instance, Province Town in Cape Cod, Massachusetts has a large gay community, but I would guess they were not all born there. As in Fire Island in New York, Key West in Florida, Belmont Shore in Southern California and Castro district in San Francisco.
The thing here in the Philippines, Filipinos are in general very accepting of people. They are not as “hung” up about appearances as in other countries.
In America, especially in the military there is the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” attitudes.
Here it is just accepted. I have talked to some gay people and they are not ashamed to talk about their sexual preferences, lifestyle or friends. Just the same with “straight” people, they see gays as just someone who lifes or likes are different than others.
Because of this, I really do not think percentages are any different, just with the openess you see more around. Also with this acceptance, you see more cross dressing than you will see in other countries. For males, you see with the long hair, makeup and female style of clothes.
For a country that is looked at as “3rd World” the attitudes and acceptance of people is something the more developed countries should learn from. As the old saying “Can’t we all just get along?”
Of course everywhere, for what ever the reason will continue to hide their sexual preferences. Maybe business or professional reasons, family pressures or just not comfortable with themselves to be true to themselves. They will marry and have kids and maybe only “come out” in private and secret locations.
A radio Psycologist was once asked if Homosexuality was hereditary. Her answer was, if they are true homosexuals we would never know because a homosexual will not reproduce. There is some research that shows in a large family, there might be more than one child that is gay. Just as I learned recently a child will not be left handed if both parents are right handed.
What ever the research, the attitudes, the feelings, being true to ones self and living a life that they feel they were born to live without prejudice is something I hope will come to be. But I doubt it ever will with people needing to be superior and putting down others to make them feel better.