Coming out, all the way out, is offered more and more as the political solution to our oppression. The argument goes that, if people could see just how many of us there are, some in very important places, the negative stereotype would vanish overnight. ...It is far more realistic to suppose that, if the tenth of the population that is gay became visible tomorrow, the panic of the majority of people would inspire repressive legislation of a sort that would shock even the pessimists among us.
Jane Rule (b. 1931), Canadian fiction writer and essayist; born in the U. S... Outlander, part 2, essay 10 (1981).
Rule was a lesbian. Her assumption that a "tenth" of the population was gay or lesbian was widespread at the time, based largely on the famous Kinsey studies of sexuality. More recently, that percentage has been questioned as perhaps too high, especially if exclusive or almost exclusive homosexuality, rather than simply some homosexual activity, is the issue.