Latino gay and bisexual men's relationships with non-gay-identified men who have sex with men

Carol A. Reisen, Maria Cecilia Zea, Fernanda T. Bianchi, Paul J. Poppen, Michele G. Shedlin, Marcelo Montes Penha

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This study investigated relationships between Latino gay-identified men in metropolitan New York City and their non-gay-identified male partners. Phase 1 consisted of in-depth interviews (N = 33), and Phase 2 consisted of quantitative surveys (N = 120) with Brazilian, Colombian, and Dominican men who have sex with men (MSM). A majority of participants reported having had sex with heterosexually identified men, and in many cases, the relationship was sustained over time. We found mixed results concerning an attitude sometimes attributed to Latinos that sexual orientation is defined by sexual role, with receptive MSM seen as gay and insertive MSM seen as straight. Although there were no significant associations between partner sexual orientation and unprotected anal intercourse, gay men were less likely to take the insertive role in oral or anal sex with straight-identified male partners than with gay partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1004-1021
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2010


  • Gay identity
  • Latino
  • Msm
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual orientation
  • Sexual role

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • General Psychology


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