Love and Sex in Constructing Identity Among Men Who Have Sex with Men

  • Barry D. Adam


Interviews were conducted with 102 Ontario men who have sex with men who identify themselves as “gay,” “bisexual,” and “not gay,” concerning the meanings and satisfactions associated with their sexuality. Sexual discourses of men who identify themselves in different ways reveal some common criteria for placing self and others into the “gay” category. “Gay,” in the everyday speech of these men, appears to refer to an elaborated discourse around the potential for emotional involvement and relationships rather than a reference to an essentialized sexuality. Comparison of men who place themselves inside and outside sexual identity categories shows that many find gay identity to be a horizon of increased possibilities, rather than the limitation critiqued by queer theory. These findings are contextualized in recent debates in identity theory.

gay identity sexuality 


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