Dating, Sexual-Minority Men

This entry describes issues surrounding same-sex dating among sexual-minority men. Although there are many shared issues and experiences between cisgender (those who identify with the gender assigned to them at birth) and transgender (those who do not identify with their assigned gender) sexual-minority males, there are unique experiences faced by trans individuals that must be considered. To clarify the scope, this entry focuses on cisgendered males. The first section explains how relationships are broadly defined, in general, and discusses their importance to male youth development. Next, issues regarding dating, including complications, sexual agreements, and implications for physical and mental health, are described. Emphasized throughout is what is known on this topic based on the research, while drawing attention to the fact that overall, the research ...

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