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As lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities have become more visible and less stigmatized in society, there has been an increase in scholarship involving gay men’s behavior—including gay men’s relationship, dating, and sexual practices. While gay men’s dating relationships have many of the same qualities as heterosexual pairings, there are many unique challenges that gay men may experience in dating.

Dating Landscape

The normalization and acceptance of gay male dating patterns are still relatively new, as it was not until recent years that gay men (and other LGBTQ people) were even allowed to proclaim their sexual orientation identities. Prior to the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, most gay men convened in secret places (e.g., bars, basements) that were often raided by police officers. Even after ...

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