Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 531–536

Transhomosexuality, or the dissociation of sexual orientation and sex object choice

  • Dorothy Clare
  • Bryan Tully
Clinical Note

DOI: 10.1007/BF01541679

Cite this article as:
Clare, D. & Tully, B. Arch Sex Behav (1989) 18: 531. doi:10.1007/BF01541679


Subjects whose sexual orientation and identification is with homosexual persons of the opposite biological sex were studied. “Transhomosexual” has been coined to describe such persons. Forms of transhomosexual expression vary with different emphases found in regard to orientation to, idealization of, and wish to participate in activities of homosexuals of the opposite biological sex. Where identification is strong or overriding, such persons become “transsexual.” However, there are important differences between these and conventionally diagnosed transsexuals. Sexual orientation then is not defined entirely or always by the sex of the sexual object choice, but sometimes additionally by references to preferred heterosexual or homosexual styles of relationship.

Key words

psychosexual identitygender identitysexual orientationtranssexualismtranshomosexuality

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Clare
    • 1
  • Bryan Tully
    • 2
  1. 1.Formerly at the London HospitalSt. Clements, LondonEngland
  2. 2.Gender Identity Clinic, Charing Cross Hospital (Fulham)England
  3. 3.Tully Phillips AssociatesChartered PsychologistsSurreyEngland