R omantic novels are one of the bestselling genres of fiction worldwide; one gets purchased every two seconds in the UK, and for good reason — love is probably the most profound emotion any of us will ever experience. Those storylines are few and far between. Love is for everyone, no matter their gender or sexuality, and the fantasy of a happy-ever-after is popular and enduring. When I was a girl, I read romance after romance. They taught me that love is a transformative force that can make the world a better place. I knew they were fantasy, and yet they taught me valuable lessons about what love is, what love should be, and what I wanted in a romantic partner.
Same-sex love is an intimate joy our fiction still neglects
Steam Curator: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Gaming
Don't have an account? Researchers studying same-sex couples have become part of the ongoing public conversation about marriage equality. Two broad research topics have been center stage. First, policy makers and attorneys have turned to social science research to answer basic questions about the lives of lesbians and gay men. In particular, are the relationships of same-sex couples fundamentally similar to those of heterosexual men and women and are same-sex relationships influenced by the same dynamic processes as heterosexual couples?
A same-sex relationship is a romantic or sexual relationship between people of the same sex. The term same-sex relationship is not strictly related to the sexual orientation of the participants. As people of any orientation may participate in same-sex relationships particularly depending on the legal, social and scientific definition of sex , some activists argue that referring to a same-sex relationship as a "gay relationship" or a "lesbian relationship" is a form of bisexual erasure.
At the time of the study, all of the authors were with the Department of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis. Nationally representative data were used to examine associations of romantic attractions and relationships with substance use and abuse. Data from the Add Health Study were examined. Youths reporting same-sex and both-sex romantic attractions and relationships were compared with those reporting opposite-sex attractions. Survey regression and logistic regression were used to control for sample design effects.