A New Way of Thinking About Sexual Orientation

May 9, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sexual fantasy, pornography use, and in-person sexual behavior each tell us something unique about our sexuality, which means we can’t just assume that sexual interests in one context, transcend other contexts. This makes the study of sexual orientation complex. We need to take a multi-dimensional view to understand how all of our sexual interests come...

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A New Way of Thinking About Sexual Orientation
The Number of Americans Identifying as LGBTQ Has Doubled in a Decade
The Number of Americans Identifying as LGBTQ Has Doubled in a Decade

March 14, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

I have been studying and writing about sexual orientation and sexual identity for the better part of the last two decades. One of the most interesting things I have seen...

LGBTQIA+
The Relationship Status of LGBTQ Americans
The Relationship Status of LGBTQ Americans

February 28, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Same-sex marriage has been legal throughout the United States since 2015. So what percentage of the LGBT population is currently married now that marriage is no longer restricted based on...

Dating & Relationships, LGBTQIA+
LGBTQ Identification has Increased 41% Among US Teenagers
LGBTQ Identification has Increased 41% Among US Teenagers

July 5, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

The number of American adults identifying as LGBTQ+ is growing. As I reported earlier this year, LGBTQ+ identification in national polls has increased by about 60% from 2012 to 2020, going...

LGBTQIA+
How Similar or Different are the Sex Lives of Gay and Straight Men?
How Similar or Different are the Sex Lives of Gay and Straight Men?

June 28, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Do the sex lives of men in relationships differ based on their sexual orientation? This question is difficult to answer because there’s not a lot of research out there on...

LGBTQIA+
7 Things To Know About Bisexuality For LGBT Pride Month
7 Things To Know About Bisexuality For LGBT Pride Month

June 9, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

Bisexuality is one of the most misunderstood sexual orientations. So for LGBT Pride Month, let’s take a look at some of the key things scientists have discovered about bisexuality that...

LGBTQIA+
How Gay Men and Lesbians Respond to Offers of Casual Sex
How Gay Men and Lesbians Respond to Offers of Casual Sex

May 19, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

A lot of research has examined how men and women respond to proposals for casual sex; however, the bulk of this research has focused on people who are heterosexual. This...

Gender, LGBTQIA+, Sex Ed
The Number of Americans Identifying as LGBT is Growing
The Number of Americans Identifying as LGBT is Growing

March 1, 2021 by Justin Lehmiller

I’ve been studying and writing about sexual orientation and sexual identity for the better part of the last two decades, and one of the most interesting things I’ve seen in...

LGBTQIA+
The Impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ Community
The Impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ Community

November 2, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a powerful impact on people’s sexual and romantic lives. At the Kinsey Institute, we conducted a study to explore how people’s intimate lives have fared...

LGBTQIA+, Sex Ed
I’m a Straight Man Who Fantasizes About Other Men: Is That Normal?
I’m a Straight Man Who Fantasizes About Other Men: Is That Normal?

May 15, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

A reader submitted the following question:“I am a straight and happily married man, but lately I have had fantasies about other men. Some of them are just about me and...

LGBTQIA+, Sex Q&A
Five Things Science Has Taught Us About Asexuality
Five Things Science Has Taught Us About Asexuality

May 8, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

Research has found that around 1% of the population is asexual, a term usually defined as either a lack of sexual attraction or a lack of desire for partnered sexual...

LGBTQIA+
Rates of Consensual and Nonconsensual Nonmonogamy Among Heterosexual, Gay, and Bisexual Adults
Rates of Consensual and Nonconsensual Nonmonogamy Among Heterosexual, Gay, and Bisexual Adults

May 1, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

I was recently invited to write a book chapter on nonmonogamy in LGBTQ+ relationships, and one of the things I wanted to do in it was compare the prevalence of...

Dating & Relationships, LGBTQIA+
Bisexual Versus Pansexual: What’s the Difference?
Bisexual Versus Pansexual: What’s the Difference?

February 28, 2020 by Justin Lehmiller

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the difference between being bisexual versus being pansexual. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what these terms really...

LGBTQIA+, Sex Q&A
Sexual Orientation Statistics For LGBT Pride Month
Sexual Orientation Statistics For LGBT Pride Month

June 21, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

What percentage of Americans today identify as LGBT? And does this percentage differ across age groups? Also, how many Americans currently support same-sex marriage? And just how much does support...

LGBTQIA+, Videos
Seven Things You Should Know About Bisexuality For LGBT Pride Month
Seven Things You Should Know About Bisexuality For LGBT Pride Month

June 19, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

Bisexuality continues to be a widely misunderstood sexual orientation. Given that this is LGBT Pride Month, I thought it would be useful to put together an article that explores some...

LGBTQIA+
Ten Myths About Sexual Orientation Debunked By Science
Ten Myths About Sexual Orientation Debunked By Science

June 3, 2019 by Justin Lehmiller

June is LGBT Pride Month, so I'll be running several posts on LGBTQ+ issues on the blog over the next few weeks. To get us started, let's begin by debunking...

LGBTQIA+, Myth vs Fact

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