Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 357–368 | Cite as

The Role of Age and Homonegativity in Racial or Ethnic Partner Preferences Among Australian Gay and Bisexual Men

  • Garrett PrestageEmail author
  • Limin Mao
  • Steven Philpot
  • Fengyi Jin
  • Denton Callander
  • Michael Doyle
  • Iryna Zablotska
  • Johann Kolstee
  • Phillip Keen
  • Benjamin Bavinton
Original Paper


We investigated the racial or ethnic partner preferences among Australian gay and bisexual men (GBM) as part of a large study of sexual preferences among GBM, to identify whether racial bias was a factor in how GBM expressed their partner preferences. We surveyed 1853 Australian GBM about their partner preferences and preferred sex practices. We used logistic regression to identify whether factors such as age, gay social engagement, or men’s own ethnicity or race were associated with ethnic and racial partner preferences. Mean age was 34.8 years. Ethnic or racial background included: white or “Caucasian” (86.6%), Australian Aboriginal (2.7%), and Asian (6.6%). Mean attraction scores were highest for “Caucasian” men, and lowest for Aboriginal and Asian men. Under half (41.6%) were attracted to all racial or ethnic types; 7.7% were only attracted to “Caucasian” men. Being older and lower homonegativity scores were independently associated with finding all ethnic and racial types attractive. Being attracted only to “Caucasian” men was associated with younger age. Mental health was not associated with ethnic or racial partner preferences. Although men more commonly found most racial or ethnic types attractive, racial biases in partner selection were more evident among younger men, and among those who were less comfortable with their own sexuality. Addressing anti-gay stigma and broader exposure to gay community subcultures may be as important in countering racial bias.


Gay men Sexuality Sexual racism Partner preference Ethnicity Sexual orientation 



This work was funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC). ARC Grant Number: DP150103739. The Kirby Institute and Centre for Social Research in Health receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Garrett Prestage
    • 1
    Email author
  • Limin Mao
    • 2
  • Steven Philpot
    • 1
  • Fengyi Jin
    • 1
  • Denton Callander
    • 1
  • Michael Doyle
    • 3
  • Iryna Zablotska
    • 3
  • Johann Kolstee
    • 1
    • 4
  • Phillip Keen
    • 1
  • Benjamin Bavinton
    • 1
  1. 1.Kirby InstituteUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Social Research in HealthUniversity of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia
  3. 3.Sydney Medical SchoolUniversity of SydneyCamperdownAustralia
  4. 4.ACONSurry HillsAustralia

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