Gay research is a broad umbrella term within curriculum studies for multiple approaches to the study of sexuality issues. The term has its origins in the realm of psychology, particularly the psychology of sexual identity and practice. Researchers of the history of sexuality have illustrated, for example, that prior to the 20th century both heterosexual and homosexual desire were considered aberrant; only sex for procreation was acceptable. By the 1930s and 1940s, contemporary definitions for both sexual orientations came into existence, with heterosexual desire reaching the status of normal and homosexual desire taking on its current contested mode. By the late 1940s, Alfred Kinsey, sexologist, both complicated and reaffirmed this sexual binary, developing a rating scale with six degrees of heterosexualhomosexual behavior and emotion. His ...

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