Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 24, Issue 5, pp 543–554 | Cite as

Comparison of height and weight in homosexual versus nonhomosexual male gender dysphorics

  • Ray Blanchard
  • Robert Dickey
  • Corey L. Jones


The authors' clinical impression that homosexual gender-dysphoric males are physically smaller than nonhomosexual gender-dysphoric males was tested. Subjects were 176 homosexual and 246 nonhomosexual male outpatients, ages 16 to 65, who complained of discontent with their biological sex. Compared with the nonhomosexual male gender dysphorics, the homosexual gender dysphorics were shorter, lighter, and lighter in proportion to their height. The homosexual gender dysphorics were also shorter than men in the general population, whereas the nonhomosexual gender dysphorics were not. The smaller physiques of homosexual gender-dysphoric men may partly explain the clinical observation that these patients are somewhat more successful in passing as women.

Key words

gender dysphoria height homosexuality transsexualism weight 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ray Blanchard
    • 1
  • Robert Dickey
    • 1
  • Corey L. Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Gender Identity ClinicClarke Institute of PsychiatryTorontoCanada

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