Bisexual Phenomena Among Gay-Identified Men

Theodore L. Semon, Kevin J. Hsu, A. M. Rosenthal, J. Michael Bailey

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Abstract

A high proportion of self-identified gay men exhibit aspects of bisexuality during their lives. Some identify as bisexual before later identifying as gay; this has been called transitional bisexuality. Although many gay men report no attraction to women—or even sexual disgust toward them—others report some slight attraction to women. The latter have been studied as mostly homosexual men. We studied men with and without a history of transitional bisexuality, as well as mostly homosexual (i.e., those with Kinsey scores of 5) and completely homosexual (i.e., those with Kinsey scores of 6) men with respect to their sexual history with women, their current self-reported sexual arousal and disgust toward women and men, and their patterns of genital sexual arousal to female and male stimuli. Gay men with a history of transitional bisexuality generally lacked current sexual attraction and sexual arousal to women, compared with other gay men. Thus, transitional bisexuality among future gay men is mostly a matter of transitional bisexual identification. In contrast, mostly homosexual men showed statistically significant increases in genital arousal to female stimuli, compared with completely homosexual men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-245
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Sexual Behavior
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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