Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 259–278 | Cite as

Sexual Orientation of Female-to-Male Transsexuals: A Comparison of Homosexual and Nonhomosexual Types

  • Meredith L. Chivers
  • J. Michael Bailey


Homosexual and nonhomosexual (relative to genetic sex) female-to-male transsexuals (FTMs) were compared on a number of theoretically or empirically derived variables. Compared to nonhomosexual FTMs, homosexual FTMs reported greater childhood gender nonconformity, preferred more feminine partners, experienced greater sexual rather than emotional jealousy, were more sexually assertive, had more sexual partners, had a greater desire for phalloplasty, and had more interest in visual sexual stimuli. Homosexual and nonhomosexual FTMs did not differ in their overall desire for masculinizing body modifications, adult gender identity, or importance of partner social status, attractiveness, or youth. These findings indicate that FTMs are not a homogeneous group and vary in ways that may be useful in understanding the relation between sexual orientation and gender identity.

transsexual female-to-male sexual orientation gender identity mating psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meredith L. Chivers
    • 1
  • J. Michael Bailey
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanston
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanston

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