Faculty Publications

Title

Sexual identities and complementarity in lesbian and gay male relationships

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services

Volume

8

Issue

2

First Page

1

Last Page

12

Abstract

This exploratory survey assessed Burch’s (1993) hypothesis that sexual identities form the basis for romantic attraction in lesbian and gay male partnerships. Thirty-two lesbian and 30 gay male couples identified themselves as either a primary homosexual, bisexual homosexual, or other. Significant differences were found between lesbians and gay males on their self-identifications as primary or bisexual homosexuals. More gay male than lesbian couples comprised primary/primary dyads, whereas, more lesbian than gay male couples consisted of primary/bisexual dyads. Specific recommendations for further study of complementarity in lesbian and gay male relationships are presented. © 1998 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1300/J041v08n02_01

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