Updated: Nov 13, 2019
In the first study of it's kind, social scientists have learned that gay and lesbian youth want monogamous long-term relationships.
More than 90% of females, and over 80% of males expect to partnered in a monogamous relationship by age 30!
Interestingly, the 133 gay/lesbian youth interviewed for the study were in New York City, which has a high gay and lesbian population.
This finding is in line with an article from 2006 posted on this blog where University of Windsor, Ontario, researchers found that young gay men in Toronto also championed monogamous relationship views.
In a recent email from the author, Dr. Barry Adam,
"Monogamy, as a firmly held principle for organizing relationships, appears to be more common among men in early stages of relationship development, younger men who refer to heterosexual models, and men whose formative years were passed in cultures with no, or limited, autonomous gay worlds. (pp 12-13) My study, which was based in Toronto, also involved young men from a large city. The common element here seems to be that young men, whether in large cities or not, are socialized into hetero models of relationship. Only with experience in the gay world do alternatives come into focus.
Maybe the tide is shifting toward monogamy for the younger generations?
- Gay Couples Institute Research Team