scientists may have finally unlocked puzzle of why people are gay. Rice says studies attempting to explain why people are gay have been few and far between. estimates as to the number of gay people in the population range from 1-in-20 to 1-in-10, so why are some people gay? Are they gay by choice or is being gay genetic? The simplest answer is to look at the definition of the word gay. why are there so many gay people these days? There are as many gay people these days as there were in those days. Unfortunately, you couldnt admit you were gay in those days. Hell, its still a dangerous proposition in many areas of the world. What science knows about why people are gay by kate sheridan on 122117 at 530 am est marchers walk down 5th avenue during the 2014 gay pride march on june 29, 2014 in new york city. Im only 15 and im probably the last straight teen at this point. Though i am young, i know alot about the 1900s mostly after wwii from many difernt school transfers and family. why are there so many more gay people? Before you start preaching or whatever, let me make this clear that i have no opinion on homosexuals. I&39m just intrigued on why there are so many in these current times. I believe that most homosexuals are not gay by choice, but because they were born like that. so people who opt for homosexuality are consciously pursuing anything from intimate relationships to random sexual encounters with people they are not physically attracted to. so many people go thru life never knowing they were gay because they never let themselves think about it or question how they were taught life is suppose to be. In time, these people will start to be fewer because people will see that not only is gay an option, but that its normal. it was actually recorded and posted on youtube back in april 2013. Umar abdullah johnson, a nationally certified psychologist and child therapist, explains why so many black kids are turning gay.