Statistician Nate Silver doesn't believe in gay conformity any more than straight conformity.

In a profile with gay glossy Out declaring Silver its “person of year,” Silver, 34, explains that he doesn't want to be known as the gay statistician.

“To my friends, I'm kind of sexually gay but ethnically straight,” he said.

He added that he considers conformity – gay or straight – to be perfidious.

“For me, I think the most important distinguishing characteristic is that I'm independent-minded. I'm sure that being gay encouraged the independent-mindedness, but that same independent-mindedness makes me a little bit skeptical of parts of gay culture, I suppose.”

“I don't want to be Nate Silver, gay statistician, any more than I want to be known as a white, half-Jewish statistician who lives in New York,” he said after asking why can't Keith Haring just be an American artist?

Increasing notoriety is a concern after Silver accurately predicted the 2012 presidential election in all 50 states, leaving conservatives who had resisted, and even mocked, his forecast fuming.

Silver's book The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – But Some Don't has received widespread praise from critics.